Augustus AD 350
Constantinus Flavius Popilius Nepotianus:
Grandson of Constantius I Chlorus and Theodora;
Nephew of Licinius and Constantia;
Cousin of Delmatius, Hanniballianus, Constantius Gallus, Julian II, and Licinius II;
Half-nephew of Constantine the Great;
Half-cousin of Crispus, Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans, Constantina (wife of Hanniballianus and Constantius Gallus)and Helena the Younger (wife of Julian II).
According to the historian Victor, on January 18, 350, Magnentius, a former slave of Constantine the Great and commander of the elite legions of Herculiani and Joviani, capitalized on the raising discontent of Constans I's troops and had himself proclaimed Augustus. Constans attempted to flee toward Spain, but was apprehended by an agent of Magnentius and murdered. Magnentius delayed a march to Rome, however, and in June of the same year Nepotianus, a nephew of Constantine the Great by his sister Eutropia, declared himself emperor and was acclaimed by the Romans. He then proceeded to neutralize an immediate threat, defeating a hastily organized levy raised by the praetorian prefect Anicetus, who had declared for Magnentius. His fortunes speedily declined though, for one of Magnentius chief supporters, Marcellinus, the former financial minister of Constans I managed to outfox him and put him to death along with his mother and other members of his family. His reign lasted only twenty-eight days and the few coins he managed to have struck in his name are highly sought after by collectors.
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