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date: 23 November 2020

Gratianlocked

, Roman emperor
  • Raymond Davis

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Gratian (Flavius Gratianus), son of *Valentinian I who made him Augustus when aged 8 (367 ce). Ruling the west from 375 he made his tutor *Ausonius praetorian prefect, and (379) appointed *Theodosius (2) I emperor in the east. Based at Milan (Mediolanum), he was much influenced by St *Ambrose, dropped the title pontifex maximus and had the statue of Victory removed from the Roman senate-house, despite protests from *Symmachus (2).

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