Galba (24 December 3 BC-15 January 69 AD) was Emperor of the Roman Empire from 68 to 69, succeeding Nero and preceding Otho.


Galba was formerly the governor of Tarraconensis, and in 68 AD he garnered the support of the Praetorian Guard in a rebellion against Emperor Nero, who "fiddled while Rome burned". Nero committed suicide, and Galba seized power as the new emperor. However, the Governor of Lusitania Otho sought to take power for himself and gained the support of discontented Praetorians, and Otho's cavalry attacked Galba and centurion Sempronius Densus. Galba told his enemies to "strike, if it be for the good of the Romans", and he was killed along with Densus and his adoptive heir Lucius Calpurnius Piso Licinianus.