Volusian was the son of the Roman emperor Gallus, upon whose elevation in A.D. 251 he was styled Caesar and Princeps Juventutis. In 252 he held the office of consul, and was invested with the title of Augustus, reigning in conjunction with his father. They renewed the persecutions against the Christians, which seemed to be subsiding under their predecessor, Decits. Volusian perished with his father at Interamna, in 253 (or 254). See Mosheim, Hist. of the Church, bk. 1, cent. 3, pt. 1, ch. 2; Eusebius, Eccles. Hist. lib. 7; ch. 1; Cyirian, Epistles 57, 58; Smith, Dict. of Class. Biog. s.v.