|Predecessor||Constantinus I “the Great”|
|Born||7 August 317, Sirmium, Pannonia Inferior|
|Died||3 November 361 (aged 44), Mopsuestia, Cilicia|
|Spouse||Daughter of Julius Constantius|
|Children||Flavia Maxima Constantia|
|Father||Constantinus I “the Great”|
A long list of emperors was joined by Constantius, who had a career marked by endless wars, both domestically and internationally.
He also served as a Caesar from 324 to 337, until his father’s death. During that time, he was sharing the title of Augustus with his two brothers, Constans and Constantine II.
In order to make sure that none from his family would ever try to overthrow him and become an emperor, he carried out a bloodbath that rarely left any relative.
Constans was killed by Magnentius’s men, while Constantine II faced death on the battlefield. These incidents were among the first of many usurpers.
Therefore, the only sole legitimate emperor left was Constantius, who then quickly moved towards suppressing the Magnentius. This was a goal that he achieved.
However, this was still not the end of strife, because he still needed to deal with many other wars and revolts on the borders of the empire. Thus, he finally lost his life to these never-ending battles, while being towards Julian II’s battle.