Short Biography about the life of Gratian
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Gratian, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.
Interesting facts about the life of Gratian
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Gratian from the following facts and information about his life. Why was Gratian famous? Accomplishments, achievements and important events. Gratian was the son of Valentinian I and Severa and became Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Valentinian I died in 375, the Western Empire was shared between his sons Valentinian II and Gratian. The Gothic nation had begged permission from the Romans to cross the Danube, and settle within the Roman territory. Badly treated by the Roman commissioners who had been sent by the Emperor Valens (the uncle of Gratian) to superintend their settlement, the Goths marched against Constantinople. Valens wrote to Gratian for aid, and Gratian, although his own dominions were harassed by the Germans, marched to the aid of his uncle Valens. Gratian never reached Valens. Valens encountered Fritigern, the Gothic leader, near Adrianople, in A.D. 378 and was defeated and slain by the Goths on 9 August 378. Nearly the whole of the Roman army was destroyed upon the battlefield. Gratian chose as his colleague Theodosius, the son of the former brave commander of that name, and Theodosius for a time restored the Roman empire. Gratian was defeated and put to death 25 August A.D. 383, by a usurper, Maximus, at Sirmium.