Constans I in Roman Biography
Portugal to the United States. Died in Paris in 1846.
Con'stana [Fr. Constant, k&N'st6.N'] I., (Fi.avius
Julius,) the third son of the emperor Constantine the
Great and Fausta, was born about 320 A.D. At the death
of his father, in 337, he inherited the sovereignty of Italy,
Africa, and Western Illyricum. His brother Constantine,
having invaded his dominions, was defeated and
killed in battle in 340, when the victor became master
of the whole Western Empire. He was indolent, weak,
and depraved. He favoured Athanasius, who had been
proscribed by the Arians. Magnentius having revolted
in Gaul, Constans fled towards Spain, but was overtaken
near the Pyrenees, and killed, in 350 A.D.
See Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire;" Le
Beau, "Histoire du Bas- Empire."
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