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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 I 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 ar…

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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 09 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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