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Galba (, GAL-bə; born Servius Sulpicius Galba; 24 December 3 BC – 15 January AD 69) was Roman emperor, ruling from AD 68 to 69. He was the first emperor in the Year of the Four Emperors and assumed the throne following Emperor Nero's suicide. Born into a wealthy family, Galba held at various times the positions of praetor, consul, and governor to the provinces of Gallia Aquitania, Germania Superior, and Africa during the first half of the first century AD. He retired from his positions during the latter part of Claudius' reign (with the advent of Agrippina the Younger), but Nero later granted him the governorship of Hispania. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Galba has received more than 2,497,808 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Galba is the 356th most popular politician (up from 372nd in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from Italy (up from 170th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Italian Politician.

Galba is most famous for being the first emperor of Rome who was not from a senatorial family. He was born in Spain, and he was a soldier before he became emperor.

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Among politicians, Galba ranks 356 out of 19,576Before him are Gerhard Schröder, Baibars, Mustafa II, Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, Edward I of England, and Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Julian, Charles IX of France, Alcibiades, Sigismund III Vasa, Gustaf V of Sweden, and Henry V of England.

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Among people born in 3 BC, Galba ranks 1After him are Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus, and Aemilia Lepida. Among people deceased in 69, Galba ranks 1After him are Vitellius, Otho, James, brother of Jesus, Sporus, Tigellinus, Domitilla the Younger, Cartimandua, Evodius, Titus Flavius Sabinus, Epaphroditus, and Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi Licinianus.

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Among people born in Italy, Galba ranks 156 out of 5,161Before him are Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Andrea Mantegna (1431), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Pope Pius VI (1717), Leon Battista Alberti (1404), and Cato the Elder (-243). After him are Pope Leo XI (1535), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Clement I (40), Gaius Marius (-157), Fra Angelico (1400), and Sergio Mattarella (1941).


Among politicians born in Italy, Galba ranks 29Before him are Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), Numa Pompilius (-753), Brutus the Younger (-85), Sulla (-138), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), and Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869). After him are Sergio Mattarella (1941), Nerva (30), Scipio Africanus (-235), Vitellius (15), Pompey (-106), and Servius Tullius (-600).