Obverse image of a coin of Constans

Member of the House of Constantine dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 333 until 350.

(As Caesar 333-337, as Augustus 337-350.)

Flavius Julius Constans was born around 320 to Fausta and Constantine I. He became Caesar in 333, and when the empire was divided after Constantine I’s death he received Italy, Africa, and the Balkans.

In 340, Constantine II invaded Constans’ territory and was killed, so Constans became sole ruler in the west. He successfully fought the barbarians for the next ten years, but in 350 heard about the revolt of Magnentius and headed for Augustodunum. Constans fled to Spain, but was murdered in the Pyrenees at the fortress of Helene.

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  • Preferred label: Constans
  • Full names:
    • Constans
  • Title: Roman consul III, Roman consul II
  • Predecessor: Constantine the Great
  • Successor: Vetranio, Magnentius
  • Definition: Flavius Julius Constans (c. 320 – 350) was Roman emperor from 337 to 350. He held the imperial rank of Caesar from 333, and was the youngest son of Constantine the Great. After his father's death, he was made augustus alongside his brothers in September 337. Constans was given the administration of the praetorian prefectures of Italy, Illyricum, and Africa. He defeated the Sarmatians in a campaign shortly afterwards. Quarrels over the sharing of power led to a civil war with his eldest brother and co-emperor Constantine II, who invaded Italy in 340 and was killed in battle with Constans's forces near Aquileia. Constans gained from him the praetorian prefecture of Gaul. Thereafter there were tensions with his remaining brother and co-augustus Constantius II (r. 337–361), including over the exiled bishop Athanasius of Alexandria. In the following years he campaigned against the Franks and in 343 visited Roman Britain. In January 350, Magnentius (r. 350–353) the commander of the Jovians and Herculians, a corps in the Roman army, was acclaimed augustus at Augustodunum (Autun) with the support of Marcellinus, the comes rei privatae. Magnentius overthrew and killed Constans. Surviving sources, possibly influenced by the propaganda of Magnentius's faction, accuse Constans of misrule and of homosexuality.
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    • Other title(s):
      • Roman consul III
      • List of Roman consuls
      • List of Roman emperors
      • Roman consul II
    • Came After:
      • Vulcacius Rufinus
      • Lucius Aradius Valerius Proculus
      • Romulus
      • Vetranio
      • Septimius Acindynus
      • Eusebius (consul 347)
      • Magnentius
      • Marcus Maecius Memmius Furius Baburius Caecilianus Placidus
    • Came before:
      • Petronius Probinus (consul 341)
      • Julius Valerius Alexander Polemius
      • Ursus
      • Amantius
      • Antonius Marcellinus
      • Marcus Nummius Albinus Triturrius
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