Constantius II

Constantius II

9 September 337 – 3 November 361
PredecessorConstantinus I “the Great”
SuccessorJulianus
Born7 August 317, Sirmium, Pannonia Inferior
Died3 November 361 (aged 44), Mopsuestia, Cilicia
SpouseDaughter of Julius Constantius
Eusebia
Faustina
ChildrenFlavia Maxima Constantia
FatherConstantinus I “the Great”
MotherFausta

His Story

Constantius joins the lenghty list of emperors whose career was marked by a seemingly endless series of wars both domestic and foreign.

He served as Caesar from 324 until his father’s death in 337 at which time he shared the title of Augustus with two other brothers, Constantine II and Constans.

To make sure no more Johnny-come-latelies in his family would try their hand at being emperor too it is thought that he engineered a bloodbath that left nary a relative.

Constantine II died in battle and Constans was murdered by the men of Magnentius, the first of several usurpers.

This left Constantius finally as sole legitimate emperor and he moved quickly to suppress Magnentius, an endeavor he eventually accomplished.

The strife didn’t end there, however, as he still had to deal with other revolts and wars on every corner of the empire. Caught in these never-ending battles he died while on his way to battle Julian II.

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