Ursicinus (Roman general)
Ursicinus was a senior military officer, holding the rank of "master of cavalry" (magister equitum) in the Eastern Roman Empire c. 349–359.

In 351 or 352 he was entrusted with the suppression of the Jewish revolt against Caesar
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Constantius Gallus
Constantius Gallus
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. Tiberias and Diospolis
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, two of the cities conquered by the rebels, were almost completely destroyed, while Diocaesarea was razed to the ground. Ursicinus also ordered to kill several thousands of rebels, even young ones.

In 353, Ammianus Marcellinus
Ammianus Marcellinus
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 was attached to the command of Ursicinus at his headquarters in Nisibis
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, where he remained until recalled in 354 by Gallus to take part in an investigation of treason in Antioch
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When, in 355, Claudius Silvanus
Claudius Silvanus
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 revolted against Emperor Constantius II
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 in Gaul
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, Ursicinus was sent to him with a letter of recall by Constantius. However, Ursicinus had Silvanus killed and took his place.

Ursicinus was dismissed after the destruction of Amida (modern Diyarbakır
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, Turkey
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) in 359, for which he was officially blamed.

The Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus
Ammianus Marcellinus
Ammianus Marcellinus was a fourth-century Roman historian. He wrote the penultimate major historical account surviving from Antiquity...

 revered Ursicinus, and his account is greatly biased in his favour.


Apparently, Ursicinus was married at some point, as he had a son named Potentius. While serving as a tribune (regimental commander), he was killed at the Battle of Adrianople
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in 378.
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