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Valentinian II


Statue of Valentinian II from Aphrodisias. Arkeoloji Müzesi, İstanbul (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Statue of Valentinian II from Aphrodisias (Arkeoloji Müzesi, İstanbul)
Valentinianus II: emperor of the Roman world (375-392).

Names:

  • Autumn 371: Valentinianus 
  • 22 November 375: Valentinianus Augustus
  • 15 May 392: murdered by his general Arbogast
Successor of: Valentinian I

Relatives:

Main deeds:
  • 375 Death of Valentinian I; Gratianus succeeds him; Valentinian II proclaimed emperor too; he rules in Italy
  • 376 Consul (with Valens V); Gratianus in Rome
  • 378 Consul II (with Valens VI); Valens defeated by the Visigoths; Theodosius I made emperor in the east
  • 379 Valentinian II recognizes Theodosius
  • 382 The altar of Victoria removed from the Curia Julia; first senatorial deputation, to Gratianus
  • 383 Revolt of Magnus Maximus; Gratianus captured by Andragathius, an officer of Magnus; executed
  • 384 Valentinian meets Theodosius I; second senatorial deputation about the altar of Victoria in the Curia, to Valentinian II
  • 386 Edict in favor of the Arians; conflict with Ambrose of Milan
  • 387 Consul III (with Eutropius); Magnus Maximus invades Italy; Valentinian flees to Theodosius in Thessalonica; Theodosius marries Galla
  • 388 Reconquest of Italy; Edict against heretics; death of Justina; reconquest of Italy; restoration of Valentinian II; third senatorial deputation about the altar of Victoria in the Curia, to Theodosius
  • 388/389: Winter in Milan (with Theodosius)
  • 389, 13 June: Theodosius, Valentinian II, and the four-year-old Honorius visit Rome
  • 389 Arbogast defeats the Franks; Theodosius visits Rome
  • 390 Consul IV (with Flavius Neoterius)
  • 391 In Gaul
  • 392 Fourth senatorial deputation about the altar of Victoria in the Curia, to Valentinian II
  • 392, 15 May: Valentinian is killed by Arbogast, who supports the usurper Eugenius (suicide is possible)
Contemporary events
  • 387 Conversion of Augustine
Succeeded by: Eugenius, Theodosius I
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