GRATIAN, The Elder

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GRATIAN, The Elder. General of the Roman armies.
Gratian began his career as a staff officer, but later became tribune, and then Comes Africae. He was sent to Britannia in the 340s and given the title Comes Britanniarum, in command of a field army (comitatus). The crisis that precipitated this is not known however. After his retirements, Emperor Constantius II confiscated all of Gratian properties, because of a suspected support of Magnentius.

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CHILDREN of GRATIAN, The Elder
  1. VALENTINIAN I, Roman Emperor.
  2. Valens. Roman Emperor from 364 to 378. According to legend, he caused the murder of anyone whose name began with Theo, because it was prophesied that he would be succeeded by someone with such a name. He overlooked his nephew, the general Teodosius, the Great, who succeeded him as Roman Emperor in 378.


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