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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 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 Ro…

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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 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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