Constantius I "Chlorus"
s Caesar (under Maximian) AD 293 - 305
as Augustus (with Gallerius) AD 305 - 306
Flavius Valerius Constantius - ca. AD 250 - 306:
Husband of Helena and Theodora;
Father of Constantine the Great (by Helena);
Father of Constantia (wife of Licinius I) by Theodora;
Son-in-law of Maximian (M. is Step-father of Theodora);
Grandfather of Cispus, Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans, Constantius; Galus, Julian II, Delmatius, Hanniballianus, Licinius II and Nepotian.
Constantius might have been the grandnephew of Claudius II Gothicus, but the sources preferred to call him Chlorus, “the pale one.” He was a capable general, but his chief legacy to posterity was his son, the future Constantine the Great. In 293 Diocletian made him the senior of the two Caesars assisting the Augusti. His portion of the Empire was Gaul and Britain; for the latter he had to fight off Carasius and then Allectus. The success was largely due to his able general Asclepiodotus, but Constantius Chlorus did not hesitate to take all credit and issue large gold medallions commemorating the recapture of Britain. Stabilizing Britain, he then returned to Gaul. In 305, with the abdication of Diocletian and Maximian, Constantius became Augustus in the West and senior emperor, although his colleague galerius held Constantius able son Constantine a virtual prisoner. An invasion of the Picts allowed Constantius to recover his son, however, the victorious campaign against the Picts ended with the Emperor’s unexpected death at Eburacum (York). He was a resourceful statesman and careful general.
Mints: Alexandria, Antioch, Aquileia, Cyzicus, Heraclea, Karthago, Londinium, Lugdunum, Nicomedia, Rome, Serdica, Siscia, Thessalonica, Ticinum, Treveri.
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