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Constantius II
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(Aug 7, 317 – Nov 3, 361). The Roman emperor Constantius II was the second son of Constantine and Fausta. He was made Caesar in 324; upon Constantine's death in September of 337, he became Augustus over the eastern half of the empire. Because his primary military challenge was securing the eastern border, until 350 he spent most of his time in Antioch. After the death of Constantine II in 340, the rivalry between Constantius and his younger brother Constans increased steadily; Constans turned the Trinitarian conflicts (Arius) to his political advantage. The coup of …

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Constantius II”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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