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Theodosius I
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(Jan 11, 347, Spain – Jan 17, 395, Milan). In 378, during the crisis precipitated by the defeat by the Goths at Adrianopolis, Theodosius was appointed magister militum; on Jan 19, 379, he was appointed co-Augustus for the eastern part of the Empire. In 389 he defeated the usurper Maximus and became de facto ruler of the entire Roman Empire, though Valentinian II remained the senior Augustus. He was active in the West until 392; in 394 he returned to the West, defeated the usurper Eugenius, and was now formally ruler of the Empire, which was never again united after his death.

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Leppin, Hartmut, “Theodosius I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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