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    Theodosius The Great

    Theodosius I the Great (AD 379-395). AV solidus (22mm, 4.50 gm, 12h). Constantinople, AD 383-388. D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius right, bust seen from front / CONCORDI-A AVGGG, Constantinopolis enthroned facing on throne ornamented with lion heads, foot on ship's prow, holding scepter in right hand and resting left on a shield inscribed VOT / X / MVLT / XV; Θ//CONOB in exergue.  RIC IX 71(b)4; Depeyrot 48/1. Rare! NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5.

    Theodosius I "The Great" was the last man to rule the entire Roman Empire. Born in Spain in AD 346, his father was a powerful general in the Roman army under the emperor Valentinian I (AD 364-375). The younger Theodosius entered the army as a young man and won rapid advancement, but a period of disgrace followed the execution of his father for high treason in AD 376. Theodosius retired to his Spanish estates, but the disastrous battle of Adrianople in AD 378 brought about his recall. Gratian, emperor of the West, appointed Theodosius as co-Augustus in January of 379, tasking him with quelling the Gothic revolt. Years of arduous campaigning forced the Goths into relative submission in AD 382. In January of AD 383, Theodosius proclaimed his six-year-old son Arcadius as co-emperor, but in the same year Gratian was slain by the usurper Magnus Maximus. Civil war broke out in AD 388, when Maximus invaded Italy and Theodosius moved west to meet and defeat him. Theodosius remained in Italy for three more years to settle affairs and returned to Constantinople in AD 391, but the usurpation of Eugenius brought about another destructive civil war in AD 394. Again, Theodosius won the day, and remained supreme over both halves of the Empire until his premature death in January of AD 395. A zealous Catholic, Theodosius issued numerous edicts against paganism, leading later church authorities to hail him as "the Great."


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