Constans I


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Constans I

(kŏn`stănz), b. 320 or 323, d. 350, Roman emperor, youngest son of Constantine IConstantine I
or Constantine the Great
, 288?–337, Roman emperor, b. Naissus (present-day Niš, Serbia). He was the son of Constantius I and Helena and was named in full Flavius Valerius Constantinus.
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. At his father's death in 337 he received Italy and Africa as well as Pannonia and Dacia, while his brothers, Constantine IIConstantine II,
316–40, Roman emperor, son of Constantine I. When the empire was divided at the death (337) of Constantine I, among the brothers Constantius II, Constans I, and Constantine II, Constantine II received Britain, Gaul, and Spain.
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 and Constantius IIConstantius II,
317–61, Roman emperor, son of Constantine I. When the empire was divided (337) at the death of Constantine, Constantius II was given rule over Asia Minor, Syria, and Egypt, while his brothers, Constans I and Constantine II, received other portions.
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, received other portions of the empire. Trouble arose among them, and in 340 Constantine invaded Italy to win some of Constans' territory. Constantine was, however, killed in an ambush, and Constans was left to rule until his extortions and infamous conduct led to his assassination 10 years later.