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Child Emperor Rule in the Late Roman West, AD 367-455

Meaghan A. McEvoy


This book examines some established assumptions about the governance of the late Roman empire, about the nature and function of the imperial office, and more particularly, about the ways in which child-emperors—boys who grew to adulthood in the imperial office—came to dominate that position in the west from c.370 to 450. Beginning with a study of the nature of the different roles and functions traditionally expected in a late Roman emperor, the book goes on to provide a detailed examination of the reigns of four western child-emperors: Gratian and Valentinian II, Honorius, and Valentinian III. ... More

Keywords: child-emperor, Gratian, Valentinian ii, Honorius, Valentinian iii, imperial functions, ceremonial, military leadership, generals, court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meaghan A. McEvoy, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford