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History, Facts and Information about Constans
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Constans who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. Read about the life of Constans who can be described or remembered as:

 "The Emperor who was put to death by an ambitious soldier..."

Short Biography about the life of Constans
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Constans, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.

  • Name commonly known as: Constans
  • Latin Roman Name: Florius Julius Constans
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 337-350 AD
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: The Constantinian dynasty (285 - 364) also called Neo-Flavian because every Constantinian emperor bore the name Flavius
  • Date of Birth: 320 AD
  • Family connections / Genealogy
  • Place and Date of Death: Died 350 in south eastern Gaul
  • For the names of the next Roman emperors in the East and the West of the Empire refer to the Timeline of Roman Emperors

Interesting facts about the life of Constans
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Constans from the following facts and information about his life.  Constans was the youngest son of Constantine I and his second wife, Fausta. By 317, there were two joint emperors in control of the Roman Empire. The father of Constans, Constantine the Great, reigned as an Western Roman Emperor and his brother-in-law Licinius as the Eastern Roman Emperor. On 1 March 317, the two co-reigning Emperors jointly proclaimed three new Caesars.

  • Crispus, his half brother, the son of Minerva and Constantine

  • His young brother - Constantine II, the son of Fausta and Constantine

  • His first cousin Licinius, the son of Licinius by his wife Flavia Julia Constantia, the sister of the Emperor Constantine

Constans was far too young and inexperienced to hold any office at this time. As time elapsed the three sons of the late emperor, Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans, as soon as their father was dead, put to death their two cousins, Hannibalianus and Dalmatius, with many more of their relatives. Only Gallus and Julian, the children of Julius Constantius, were left alive. The brothers then divided the empire in A.D. 337. Constantine II, the eldest brother, retained the new capital, Constans received the western provinces, while to Constantius was left Syria and the East. Sapor, king of Persia, invaded the Eastern provinces, and defeated the Romans in various battles. Meanwhile a quarrel broke out between Constantine and Constans, and the former, having invaded his brother's provinces, was defeated and slain in A.D. 350. Ten years afterward Constans was himself put to death by Magnentius, an ambitious soldier, who at once assumed the name of emperor.

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