January 22, 2010

Flavius Julius Constans, (c. AD 323-350), Roman Emperor, 337-350, youngest son of Constantine the Great and Fausta. Made Caesar in 333, he became joint emperor with his brothers, Constantine II and Constantius II, in 337, Italy, Africa, and western Illyricum falling to his share. In 340 he defeated Constantine II, who fell in battle near Aquileia, and thus became master of the whole West. Constans visited Britain in 343. He was killed while hunting in Gaul by an emissary of the usurper Magnentius.

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