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Constantius I
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A native of Illyricum, Constantius I’s family background is likely to have been relatively humble, despite his son Constantine later claiming that Constantius (c. 250–306 CE) was descended from the emperor Claudius Gothicus (268–270 CE). He rose to prominence through military service and was eventually appointed Caesar (junior emperor) in 293 CE, as part of the arrangement conventionally referred to as the Tetrarchy, comprising the two Augusti (senior emperors) Diocletian and Maximian, and the t…

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Lee, A.D., “Constantius I”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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