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Roman Emperor - Valentinian

Updated on November 1, 2009

Flavius Valentinian I, born in Cibalis, Pannonia (now part of central Europe), in 321 A.D. He entered the army and by his capacity and courage rose rapidly in rank under Constantius II and Julian, and on the death of Jovian was elected by the Roman army to succeed Emperor Jovian on February 26, 364.

Valentinian chose his brother Valens to govern in the East as co-ruler and himself governed the West with ability till his death.

Valentinian restored Christianity as the state religion, but he also permitted religious freedom.

He possessed great military skill and was a prudent administrator. His reign was occupied in campaigns against the barbarians along the borders of the empire. By his first wife he had Gratian and by the second, Justina, another son, Valentinian II, and three daughters, one of whom, Galla, became the wife of the Emperor Theodosius I.

He died in November 17, 375 A.D. at Bregetio while turning back the Quadi, Germanic barbarians who were attacking across the Danube River.

He was succeeded by Gratian and Valentinian II.


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