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Gratian, 24 August 367 - 25 August 383 A.D.
Gratian, son of Valentinian I, became the sole ruler of the Western empire in 375 A.D., and after the catastrophic defeat of the Roman forces at Hadrianopolis, the Eastern empire also came under his rule. To better cope with the empire, he elevated general Theodosius to the Eastern throne. Because of a shortage of coinage to meet the payroll, Gratian was abandoned by his troops during the revolt of Magnus Maximus. He was overtaken and killed while fleeing to the Alps.
On 19 January 379, Emperor elevated Flavius at , giving him the title with power over all the eastern provinces. came to terms with the and settled them in the Balkans as military allies ( ).RL77942. Bronze maiorina, 52(a)3, II 2150, 19997, 25, gF, , a little rough, 5.839 g, maximum 24.1 mm, 0o, 2nd , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 19 Jan 379 - 25 Aug 383 A.D.; D N THEODOSIVS , helmeted, pearl-diademed, draped, and right, transverse spear in right hand, on left arm; (glory of the Romans), emperor standing left on galley, right, wearing helmet and military garb, flying behind, raising right hand, seated steering at stern, left, CONB in ; larger bronze for the period; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $40.00 (€35.60)
was the son of by Marina , and was born at (now Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) in . He was named after his grandfather the Elder. was first married to Maxima , daughter of . His second wife was Laeta. Both marriages remained childless. His stepmother was Empress Justina and his paternal half siblings were , Galla and Justa.SH46445. Gold
After Valentinian died on 17 November 375, the troops in proclaimed his infant son (by a second wife Justina) emperor under the title of . acquiesced in their ; reserving for himself the administration of the Gallic provinces, he handed over Italy, Illyricum and to Valentinian and his mother, who fixed their residence at Mediolanum. The division, however, was merely nominal, and the real authority remained in the of .RL34995. Silver
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