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date: 22 February 2024

Eugenius, Flaviuslocked

, western usurper, teacher of Latin grammar and rhetoric, 392–394 ce

Eugenius, Flaviuslocked

, western usurper, teacher of Latin grammar and rhetoric, 392–394 ce
  • John F. Matthews

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A teacher of Latin grammar and rhetoric, he was known to *Symmachus (2) and became magister scrinii (see magister memoriae) at the court of *Valentinian II. After the suicide of Valentinian (15 May 392), his Frankish magister militum Arbogast proclaimed Eugenius as Augustus (22 August), but he failed to secure recognition from *Theodosius (2) I. Nominally a Christian, Eugenius sympathized with the pagan revival conducted by his praetorian prefect *Nicomachus (4) Flavianus, and restored the altar of Victory in the senate-house. On 6 September Theodosius defeated him and Arbogast at the river Frigidus and Eugenius was executed.

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  • Late Antiquity

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