Constantius, III

Constantius, III

Male - 421    Has no ancestors but more than 250 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Constantius  
    Suffix III 
    Born Naissus Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Sep 421  Ravenna Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I116406  Geneagraphie | Ahnen BvS
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2010 

    Family Aelia Galla Placidia,   b. Abt 390,   d. 27 Nov 450  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married Jan 417 
    Children 
     1. Valentinian, III,   b. 2 Jul 419, Ravenna Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 455  (Age 35 years)
     2. Justa Grata Honoria,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2010 
    Family ID F46899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Constantius, III
    Constantius, III

  • Notes 
    • Roman general, politician, and emperor . He was the power behind the throne for much of the 410s, and in 421 briefly became co-emperor of the Western Empire with Honorius .
      Constantius was born in Naissus (modern-day Niš ) and was probably a career soldier. As a magister militum under Honorius, he gained note by his successful campaigns in defense of the Western Roman Empire , in which he pushed back barbarian invasions and ended the revolt of the usurper Constantine III . As a result, he was given the title of Patrician , and began to exert more and more influence over the weak Honorius. In 417 he married Honorius' sister, Galla Placidia , and on February 8 , 421 , was elevated to co-Emperor. At this point, he effectively ruled the West. Notably, Constantius reportedly complained about the loss of personal freedom and privacy that came with the imperial office.
      Honorius' nephew, the Eastern Roman emperor Theodosius II refused to recognize Constantius' imperial status. Constantius reportedly intended to launch a campaign against the Eastern Empire to force recognition of his rights, but before anything could come of these plans, he died suddenly on September 2 after less than seven months as emperor.
      Constantius and Galla Placida had two children, the future emperor Valentinian III and Justa Grata Honoria .
      Constantius' success in rising from head of the dwindling Roman army to Imperial rank obviously influenced the actions of later holders of the patrician office, a list that includes Aëtius and Ricimer ; however, only Petronius Maximus would ultimately make the same leap, and his reign would prove to be even shorter than Constantius'.


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