History, Facts and Information about Constantine II
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"The Emperor who was killed fighting over territory with his brother..."
Short Biography about the life of Constantine II
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Name commonly known as: Constantine II
Latin Roman Name: Flavius Claudius Constantinus
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 1 March 317 - 337 as Caesar in the west under his father and 337 - 340 as joint emperor with Constantius II and Constans, over Gaul, Hispania, and Britannia, in 340 in failed competition with Constans
Dynasty / Historical Period: The Constantinian dynasty (285 - 364) also called Neo-Flavian because every Constantinian emperor bore the name Flavius
Place and Date of Birth: Born 316 in Arles
Family connections / Genealogy
Place and Date of Death: Died 340 in Aquileia, killed while fighting over territory with his brother Constans.
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Interesting facts about the life of Constantine II
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Constantine II from the following facts and information about his life. Constantine II was the elder son of Constantine I and his second wife, Fausta. By 317, there were two joint emperors in control of the Roman Empire. The father of Constantine II, Constantine the Great, reigned as an Western Roman Emperor and his brother-in-law Licinius as the Eastern Roman Emperor. On 1 March 317, the two co-reigning Emperors jointly proclaimed three new Caesars.
Crispus, the son of Minerva and Constantine and half brother of Constantine II
Constantine II, the son of Fausta and Constantine
His first cousin Licinius, the son of Licinius by his wife Flavia Julia Constantia, the sister of the Emperor Constantine
The three sons of the late emperor, Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans, as soon as their father was dead, put to death their two cousins, Hannibalianus and Dalmatius, with many more of their relatives. Only Gallus and Julian, the children of Julius Constantius, being left alive. They then divided the empire in A.D. 337. Constantine, the elder, retaining the new capital, Constans receiving the western provinces, while to Constantius was left Syria and the East. Sapor, king of Persia, invaded the Eastern provinces, and defeated the Romans in various battles. Meanwhile a quarrel broke out between Constantine and Constans, and the former, having invaded his brother's provinces, was defeated and slain in A.D. 350. Ten years afterward Constans was himself put to death by Magnentius, an ambitious soldier, who at once assumed the name of emperor.
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Map of the Roman Empire c395AD illustrating the power of the Emperor