Emperor Valentinian I Names Oldest Son Gratian as Co-Augustus

Emperor Valentinian I Names Oldest Son Gratian as Co-Augustus

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Gratian (Flavius Gratianus Augustus), the oldest son of Roman Emperor Valentinian I, is named co-Augustus by his father at the age of eight.

At this time in the Roman Empire, the rank "Augustus" is used by the two senior emperors (one in the East and one in the West) while the rank "Caesar" is used for junior sub-emperors.

During the reign of Emperor Gratian, Christianity will become the dominant faith throughout the Roman Empire. Relying upon advice from Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Gratian will actively suppress paganism instead of supporting even tacit religious tolerance.

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