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:
    • Constantius Chlorus
  • Title: Consul of the Roman Empire
  • Predecessor: Maximian
  • Successor: Constantine I, Valerius Severus
  • Definition: Constantius I (Marcus Flavius Valerius Constantius; 31 March c. 250 – 25 July 306), commonly known as Constantius Chlorus (Greek: Κωνστάντιος Χλωρός, Kōnstantios Khlōrós, literally "Constantius the Pale"), was a Roman Emperor. He ruled as Caesar from 293 to 305 and as Augustus from 305 to 306. He was the junior colleague of the Augustus Maximian under the Tetrarchy and succeeded him as senior co-emperor of the western part of the empire. Constantius ruled the West while Galerius was Augustus in the East. He was the father of Constantine the Great and founder of the Constantinian dynasty. As Caesar, a junior emperor appointed by Diocletian, he defeated the usurper Allectus in Britain and campaigned extensively along the Rhine frontier, defeating the Alamanni and Franks. Upon becoming Augustus in May 305, Constantius launched a successful punitive campaign against the Picts beyond the Antonine Wall. However, Constantius died suddenly at Eboracum (York) in July the following year. Constantius's death and the acclamation of his son as Augustus by his army in 306 sparked civil wars ending in the collapse of the tetrarchic system of government inaugurated in 293 by Diocletian and the eventual resumption of dynastic rule over the whole empire by Constantine and his sons after the defeat of his co-emperor Licinius in 325.
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  • Birth place: Dardania (Roman province)
  • Death place: York, Roman Britain
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  • Other title(s):
    • Consul of the Roman Empire
    • List of Roman emperors
    • List of legendary kings of Britain
  • Came After:
    • Valerius Severus
    • Nummius Tuscus
    • Maximian
    • Maximinus Daia
    • Galerius
    • Gaius Annius Anullinus
    • Virius Nepotianus
    • Diocletian
    • Titus Flavius Postumius Titianus
    • Constantine the Great
  • Came before:
    • Nummius Tuscus
    • Maximian
    • Gaius Annius Anullinus
    • Virius Nepotianus
    • Diocletian
    • Titus Flavius Postumius Titianus
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