Short Biography about the life of Ioannes
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Ioannes, Usurper of the Western Roman Empire.
Name commonly known as: Ioannes
Latin Roman Name: Joannes or Ioannes
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 27 August 423 - May 425, against Valentinian III
Dynasty / Historical Period: Western Empire (394 - 476) which led to the disintegration of Roman authority and the Fall of the Roman Empire
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Place and Date of Death: June or July 425 at the Roman port of Aquileia in northeast Italy near the Adriatic Sea
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Interesting facts about the life of Ioannes
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Ioannes from the following facts and information about his life. The Emperor Honorius died of dropsy in 423, after thirty-seven years of a wretched reign which had seen the ending of the Gladiators and the terrible wrath of Alaric the Goth and the sack of Rome. Honorius left no heir. In the subsequent interregnum Ioannes, the Chief Secretary, was nominated emperor. (An interregnum is the time between the reigns of two rulers when the throne is unoccupied - literally meaning 'between reigns'). Virtually nothing is known of Ioannes himself although he was said to have had a mild character. Ioannes' rule was accepted in Gaul, Spain and Italy but not in Africa. Attempts by Ioannes to negotiate with the eastern emperor Theodosius II were unsuccessful. Therefore in 424 Theodosius II elected his cousin Valentinian III, the son of Constantius III, as Emperor restoring the legitimate dynasty. Theodosius II refused to recognize Ioannes as ruler and he was captured, mutilated and while still living, set upon an ass in the Roman Circus and finally killed.