Gratian became Co-Emperor

24 Aug 2019  Sat

Gratian was a Roman Emperor from 367 to 383. Today, on this in the year 367 AD – Gratian, son of Roman Emperor Valentinian I, is named co-Augustus at the age of eight by his father.

The boy’s education was entrusted to the poet Ausonius, whom he appointed praetorian prefect. Upon the death of Valentinian I (November 17, 375), Gratian was appointed sole ruler of the West. He favoured Christianity over traditional Roman religion, refusing the office of Pontifex Maximus and removing the Altar of Victory from the Roman Senate.

The above shown silver siliqua was issued under his reign from Siscia mint. The obverse of a coin depicts pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian right. On the other hand, the reverse of a coin Roma seated left on throne, holding Victory and spear, SISCPS in exergue.

Image Source: Heritage Auctions

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