Quietus was the second son of Macrianus the Elder, one of Valerian's top generals. He and his brother Macrianus were made emperor after his father and another General had inflicted revenge on the Persians for their trick in capturing Valerian and routing the Roman army. Quietus ruled in the East until the rightful Roman emperor, Gallienus, had a local king of Palmyra sent to capture him. Quietus fled to the city of Emesa in Syria. The citizens of Emesa murdered Quietus and surrendered to the Roman troops under Odenathus in A. D. 261 after a short siege.
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