Otho, Marcus Salvius

Otho, Marcus Salvius ō´thō [key], AD 32–AD 69, Roman emperor (Jan.–April, AD 69). He was a friend of Nero , and his wife, Poppaea Sabina, became Nero's mistress Otho was repaid (AD 58) with the province of Lusitania. In AD 68 he joined the revolt of Galba against Nero, but on Galba's accession Otho formed a conspiracy. Galba was killed, and Otho made himself emperor. Meanwhile Vitellius had been proclaimed emperor at Cologne and was on his way to Rome. Otho was defeated in N Italy and killed himself.

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