Honorius (emperor)

Flavius Honorius (9 September 384 – 15 August 423) was Roman emperor from 393 to 423. He was the younger son of emperor Theodosius I and his first wife Aelia Flaccilla, and brother of Arcadius, who ruled the eastern half of the empire from 395, when their father died, until his death in 408. In 410, during Honorius's reign over the western Roman Empire, Rome was sacked for the first time in almost 800 years.[1]

Honorius
Solidus of Honorius
Roman emperor
(in the West)
Reign23 January 393 – 15 August 423
PredecessorTheodosius I
SuccessorJoannes
AlongsideArcadius (East, 393–408)
Theodosius II (East, 408–423)
Constantine III (Gaul, 409–411)
Constantius III (421)
Born9 September 384
Constantinople
Died15 August 423 (aged 38)
Ravenna, Italy
Burial
SpouseMaria (m. 398, died 407)
Thermantia (m. 408, divorced)
Names
Flavius Honorius
DynastyTheodosian
FatherTheodosius I
MotherAelia Flaccilla
ReligionNicene Christianity

Even by the standards of the rapidly declining Western Empire, Honorius's reign was precarious and chaotic. His early reign was supported by his principal general, Stilicho, who was successively Honorius's guardian (during his childhood) and his father-in-law (after the emperor became an adult).