Julius Marcus
11th Roman Emperor

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Bust of Julius Marcus
Reign 18 August, 826 - 15, July 839;
16 December 839 - 9 October, 848 (second reign)
Predecessor Fulvian
Successor Marcellus;
Spouse Juliana Sabina
Full name
Aulus Julius Vitellius
(birth to 818)

Caesar Julius Marcus Vitellius
(818 to ascension)
Julius Marcus Vitellius Caesar Augustus
(as emperor)

Posthumous name
Imperator Julius Marcus Caesar Augustus
Father Vitellius II
Mother Domitius Cassia
Born 7 May, 812
Argentoratum, Germania Superior
Died 9 October 848 (aged 36)
Julius Marcus (Latin: Julius Marcus Vitellius Caesar Augustus; 7 May, 812 - 9 October 848) was Roman Emperor from 826 to 848, with a five month break in his rule due to the ascension of the usurper Marcellus.

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.

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