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Honorius

HonoriusAKA Flavius Honorius

Born: 9-Sep-384 AD
Died: 27-Aug-423 AD
Location of death: Ravenna, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Royalty

Nationality: Ancient Rome
Executive summary: Western Roman Emperor, 395-423 AD

Flavius Honorius, son of Theodosius I, ascended the throne as emperor of the West in 395. The history of the first thirteen years of the reign of Honorius is inseparably connected with the name of Flavius Stilicho, his guardian and father-in-law. During this period the revolt of the African prince Gildo was suppressed (398); Italy was successfully defended against Alaric, who was defeated at Pollentia (402) and Verona (403); and the barbarian hordes under the Goth Radagaisus were destroyed (406). After the downfall and murder of Stilicho (408), the result of palace intrigues, the emperor was under the control of incompetent favorites. In the same year Rome was besieged, and in 410, for the second time in its history, taken and sacked by Alaric, who for a short time set up the city prefect Attalus as a rival emperor, but soon deposed him as incapable. Alaric died in the same year, and in 412 Honorius concluded peace with his brother-in-law and successor, Ataulphus (Adolphus), whe married the emperor's sister Placidia and removed with his troops to southern Gaul. A number of usurpers laid claim to the throne, the most important of whom was Constantine. In 409 Britain and Armorica declared their independence, which was confirmed by Honorius himself, and were thus practically lost to the empire. Honorius was one of the feeblest emperors who ever occupied the throne, and the dismemberment of the West was only temporarily averted by the efforts of Stilicho, and, later, of Constantius, a capable general who overthrew the usurpers and was rewarded with a share in the government. It was only as a supporter of the orthodox church and persecutor of the heathen that Honorius displayed any energy. In 399 the exercise of the pagan cult was prohibited, and the revenues of the temples which were to be appropriated for the use of the public or pulled down, were confiscated to defray the expenses of the army. Honorius was equally severe on heretics, such as the Donatists and Manichaeans. He is also to be credited with the abolition of the gladiatorial shows in 404 (although there is said to be evidence of their existence later), a reduction of the taxes, improvements in criminal law, and the reorganization of the defensores civitatum, municipal officers whose duty it was defend the rights of the people and set forth their grievances. Honorius at first established his court at Milan, but, on the report of the invasion of Italy, fled to Ravenna, where he resided until his death on the 27th of August 423.

Father: Theodosius I
Mother: Aelia Flaccilla
Brother: Arcadius (Eastern Roman Emperor)

    Western Roman Emperor 395 to 27-Aug-423 AD


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