Carausius, born in Gaul, was intrusted by Maximian with the command of the fleet against the ravages of the Franks. But Maximian having become dissatisfied with the conduct of Carausius, gave orders for the execution. Carausius forthwith crossed over to Britain, where he assumed the title of Augustus in A.D. 287. Diocletian and Maximian acknowledged him as their colleague in the empire. He was murdered in 293 by his chief officer, Allectus.

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