Constantius Chlorus

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Member of the The Tetrarchy dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 293 until 306.

Constantius was born ca 250 in Illyricum. Maximian adopted him as son and heir in 293 as Diocletian adopted Galerian, forming the new system of tetrarchy.

Upon the abdication of the older Augusti, Constantius I was named Augustus of the Western empire in 305. He had left his concubine Helena (mother of Constantine) to marry Maximian’s daughter Theodora. He had been assigned to subdue Carausius, the British usurper, who was killed by Allectus; three years later in a larger operation, Constantius was able to suppress Allectus’ regime. Now, as Augustus, Constantius again went to Britain and fought successfully against the Picts. He died in 306 and his troops proclaimed Constantine emperor.

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  • Preferred label: Constantius Chlorus
  • Full names:
    • Marcus Flavius Valerius Constantius Herculius Augustus
    • Constantius I Chlorus
    • Constantius Chlorus
  • Title: Consul of the Roman Empire, Co-emperor with Galerius''' in the east
  • Predecessor: Maximian
  • Successor: Flavius Valerius Severus
  • Definition: Constantius I (Latin: Marcus Flavius Valerius Constantius Herculius Augustus; 31 March c. 250 – 25 July 306) was Roman Emperor from 293 to 306, commonly known as Constantius Chlorus (Greek: Κωνστάντιος Χλωρός, Kōnstantios Khlōrós, literally "Constantius the Pale"). He was the father of Constantine the Great and founder of the Constantinian dynasty. As Caesar, he defeated the usurper Allectus in Britain and campaigned extensively along the Rhine frontier, defeating the Alamanni and Franks. Upon becoming Augustus in 305, Constantius launched a successful punitive campaign against the Picts beyond the Antonine Wall. However, Constantius died suddenly in Eboracum (York) the following year. His death sparked the collapse of the tetrarchic system of government inaugurated by the Emperor Diocletian.
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      • Co-emperor with Galerius''' in the east
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