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Aelia Flacilla


Bust of Aelia Flacilla. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA). Photo Marco Prins.
Bust of Aelia Flacilla (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Aelia Flacilla (c.360 - 386): name of a Roman empress, wife of Theodosius I.

Relatives

Life

  • c.360?: Born, probably as member of a wealthy family in Spain; perhaps, her father was Flavius Claudius Antonius, who was to become praetorian prefect of Gaul
  • 376: Marriage to Theodosius, a successful general who had retired to his country estates in Spain
  • 377: Birth of Arcadius
  • 378: Birth of Pulcheria
  • 378: Theodosius made emperor in the eastern half of the Roman Empire
  • In c.382, she was the first woman to be crowned empress since Constantine's mother Helena and sister
  • 384, 9 December: Birth of Honorius
  • She supported the Nicene Creed
  • Pulcheria died before early 386
  • Early 386: Death. The empress is buried in Constantinople
  • Autumn 387: Theodosius marries to Galla

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