Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

(1,476 words)

Nothing is known about the early career of Arbogast until 380 CE, when he is assistant of Gratian’s magister equitum Bauto, sent to help Theodosius against the Goths in the Balkans (Zos. Hist. 4.33.1–2; Eun. Frgm. 53). The written sources emphasize, however, on his Frankish origin (Eun. Frgm. 53; John Ant. Frgm. 187; Philost. Hist. eccl. 11.2) and that he was beyond corruption or avarice, a prudent and brave soldier (Zos. Hist. 4.53.1). He had been expelled from his homeland (Claud. Pan. Tertio 66; Pan. Quarto 74) and joined the Roman arm…

Cite this page
Topalilov, Ivo, “Arbogast”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲