Short Biography about the life of Magnentius
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Magnentius, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.
Name commonly known as: Magnentius
Latin Roman Name: Flavius Magnus Magnentius
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 350-353 AD
Dynasty / Historical Period: The Constantinian dynasty (285 - 364) also called Neo-Flavian because every Constantinian emperor bore the name Flavius
Place and Date of Birth: Born 303 at Samarobriva, Gaul
Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Magnentius was Constans
Place and Date of Death: Died August 11, 353 at Mons Seleucus at Senonae in Gaul
Name of next Emperor: The successor to Magnentius was Constantius II
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Interesting facts about the life of Magnentius
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Magnentius from the following facts and information about his life. A quarrel broke out between the Emperors Constantine II and Constans, and the former, having invaded his brother's provinces, was defeated and killed in A.D. 350. Ten years later Constans was himself put to death by Magnentius, an ambitious soldier, who at once assumed the name of emperor. Magnentius gained power Britannia, Gaul, Hispania, Italia and Africa. However, he had to struggle for power with the remaining members of the Constantinian dynasty including a revolt by Nepotian. Another ambitious man called Vetranio who was commander of the Pannonian army, had been elected Augustus by his troops and recognised by Constantius II. Vetranio changed sides adding support to Magnentius. At this point Magnentius had to be put down and the emperor Constantius II met the armies of Magnentius at the Battle of Mursa Major in 351. Magnentius was defeated and forced to retreat back to Gaul. Magnentius fought a final battle in 353 in the Battle of Mons Seleucus. His forces were defeated and Magnentius committed suicide by falling on his sword. It is believed that his brother was Magnus Decentius a usurper to the Roman throne.