Gratian (Biographical details)

Gratian (ruler; royal/imperial; Roman; Male; 359 - 383)

Also known as

Gratian; Flavius Gratianus


Emperor in the West 367-383.
Flavius Gratianus was the son of Valentinian I (q.v.) and Severa. In 367 he was given the rank of Augustus, though only 7 years old. He appointed the general Theodosius to govern the troubled eastern provinces; in 383 the commander of the British legions, Magnus Maximus (q.v.), proclaimed himself emperor and Gratian's army deserted him. The young emperor fled to the Alps but was killed at Lugdunum (Lyons).