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

 "The Emperor who had his head paraded on a spear..."

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

  • Name commonly known as: Nepotian
  • Latin Roman Name: Flavius Julius Popilius Nepotianus Constantinus
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: Reign 3 - 30 June 350 in competition with Magnentius
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: The Constantinian dynasty (285 - 364) also called Neo-Flavian because every Constantinian emperor bore the name Flavius
  • Family connections / Genealogy
    • Name of Father: Virius Nepotianus
    • Name of Mother: Eutropia, the daughter of Constantius Chlorus
  • Place and Date of Death: Died 30 June 350 in Rome
  • 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 Nepotian
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Nepotian from the following facts and information about his life. Nepotianus was the son of Eutropia, half-sister of Emperor Constantine I, and the grandson of Emperor Constantius Chlorus. The Emperor Constans was 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. When Magnentius was proclaimed emperor in 350 Nepotian was acclaimed emperor on 3 June 350. Constantius II was far too occupied with problems in Persia, to react immediately to the murder of his brother, Constans, and the only practical opposition to Magnentius came from Julius Nepotian a cousin of Constantius and a member of the Constantinian dynasty. On the 3rd June 350, Julius Nepotian backed by his mother Eutropia, declared himself emperor in Rome. Nepotian realised that force was required to defeat the force led by the praetorian prefect Anicetus. He therefore paid for the services of fierce gladiators together with disaffected rabble and with their help defeated the troops and seized control of the senate. However, just twenty-eight days later, on the 30th June, Marcellinus, a trusted commander of Magnetius, appeared in Rome with a force to crush the revolt of Nepotian. Julius Nepotian was killed, and his head placed on a spear and paraded around Rome to the delight of many Romans. After the death of Constantine the Great his sons had wreaked havoc with the reputation of the Imperial family. And the current Emperor Constantius II was the worse of all the brothers. The Constantinian dynasty was therefore not popular. This resulted in a bloodbath of any members or supporters of the family who were living in Rome and included Nepotian's mother Eutropia.

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