History, Facts and Information about Valentinian II
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"The Emperor who was strangled to death..."
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Name commonly known as: Valentinian II
Latin Roman Name: Flavius Valentinianus
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 375-392 AD
Dynasty / Historical Period: The Valentinian dynasty (364 - 394) derives its name from the first of the dynasty's Emperors - Valentinian I. Orthodox Christianity became the officially tolerated variant of the faith and the Empire became irrevocably split into two halves.
Date of Birth: Born 371
Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Valentinian II was Valentinian I
Name of successor: His successor was Theodosius I
Family connections / Genealogy
Place and Date of Death: Died May 15, 392 in Vienne in Gaul
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Interesting facts about the life of Valentinian II
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Valentinian II from the following facts and information about his life. Why was Valentinian II famous? Accomplishments, achievements and important events. Son of Valentinian I and Justina. In the West Valentinian had been succeeded by his sons Gratian and Valentinian II. After fighting the Goths Gratian was defeated and put to death in A.D. 383, by a usurper, Maximus, who also deprived Valentinian II of his province of Italy. Theodosius, who had been appointed by Gratian, defeated the usurper in A.D. 388 and restored young Valentinian II to his throne. Valentinian II was murdered by rebels led by a Frank, Arbogastes, by being strangled to death on May 15th, 392 AD. at the age of twenty-one. The murder was denied by Arbogastes who claimed the death was a suicide but Theodosius marched against him, and defeated and destroyed the rebels Arbogastes and Eugenius, A.D. 394.
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Map of the Roman Empire c395AD illustrating the power of the Emperor