Gnaeus Iulius Verus
general and senator of the mid-2nd century AD, eventually becoming governor of Britain.
Verus came from Aequum
in Dalmatia, probably the son of Sextus Julius Severus
127), born in 112. He served as tribune in the legio X Fretensis
when his father was governor of Judaea in 132-5. The he served as monetalis
, quaestor Augusti
, and was co-opted as an augur
all suggest that he was marked out at an early career for a prominent career.
He was the legatus
of the Legio XXX Ulpia Victrix
in Germania Inferior
in the 140s, then prefect
or the aerarium Saturni
. He was consul in 151.
In 154 Verus was sent to Britain
as governor, a position that he held until at least 158. His dispatch to Britain with troops from Germany was probably meant to put down a revolt there, or at least to reinforce the remnants of the troops who had done so. The revolt had been led by the Brigantes
tribe and had resulted in the abandonment of the Antonine Wall
and a possible slaughter at the fort at Newstead
Verus stripped the Brigantes of much of their territory, possibly in order to provide land to build a new civitas
, or to be donated to the emperor. He was replaced in 158.