| 11th Roman Emperor
|Bust of Julius Marcus|
|Reign|| 18 August, 826 - 15, July 839;|
16 December 839 - 9 October, 848 (second reign)
| Aulus Julius Vitellius|
(birth to 818)
Caesar Julius Marcus Vitellius
|Imperator Julius Marcus Caesar Augustus|
|Born|| 7 May, 812 |
Argentoratum, Germania Superior
|Died|| 9 October 848 (aged 36) |
Born into the Vitellius dynasty in May, 812, Julius Marcus was the third and final son of Vitellius II. Raised in a similar military environment to his brother, Fulvian, Julius was far less violent and militaristic than the rest of his family, and (as historical records are concerned), he received a far more mercantile education. In 818, Julius' father was called to Rome at the request of his (Vitellius') brother so that they could rule alongside each other as co-Emperors. After the request was granted, Julius and Fulvian were transported alongside their father to the capital. A month after their arrival, Vitellius I was found dead, leaving his older brother as the only Emperor, and two years after that, Vitellius II died, handing the throne over to his heir, Julius' older brother Fulvian.
During much of his brother's reign, Julius Marcus administered the empire from the capital whilst Fulvian was fighting wars against the Parthians and the Jews. After six years of rule, Fulvian was declared dead following a battle with Jewish Zealots in Palestine, and with no legitimate issue, the principate was handed over to Julius.
Julius Marcus was considered a far more capable administrator than his elder brother, and was able to end a number of internal and external conflicts using diplomacy. However, his insistence to waive the wants of the military and Praetorian Guard paved the way for Marcellus (former-Emperor Florian's son) to usurp power in the capital. For five months, Julius went into exile on Corsica, before a Senatorial conspiracy to remove Marcellus (due to his refusal to listen to the Senate's wishes) succeeded in December of 839, after which the former-Emperor was called back to Rome.
Reinstated, Julius Marcus continued the rule the nation for almost nine years after his return, giving more power to the Praetorian Guard and Senate in the process. After the death of his third wife, without bearing any sons, he stated in his will that the throne was to pass onto his elder half-brother Petronianus, an event that finally occurred in the October of 848.