A native of Gaul, born among the Menapii. His naval abilities attracted the notice of
Maximian, who gave him the command of a squadron against the pirates. He proved, however,
unfaithful to his trust, and too much bent upon enriching himself. Maximian thereupon gave
orders to put him to death; but Carausius, apprised of this in season, retired with his fleet
to Britain. Here he succeeded in gaining over, or else intimidating, the only Roman legion
that remained in the island, and finally proclaimed himself emperor. He forced the emperors
Maximian and Diocletian to acknowledge his authority, which he maintained for the space of
seven years (286-293). He was assassinated by Allectus.