Taurus (consul 361)

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Flavius Taurus (fl. 355-361) was a politician and a military officer of the Roman Empire.

Biography[edit]

His father was of humble origins. Taurus had three children, Armonius, died about 391, Eutychianus, praetorian prefect of the East and consul in 398, and Aurelianus, praetorian prefect of the East and consul in 400.

Taurus was praetorian prefect of Italy and Africa, as well as Patricius, from 355 to 361, and consul in 361. In the year of his consulate, the Caesar Julian, stationed in Gaul, was proclaimed Augustus by the troops and moved with the army against the Augustus Constantius II, who was in the East. When the news that Julian had crossed the Alps arrived in Rome, the consuls Taurus and Florentius, who supported Constantius, left the city; then Julian had them indicated in documents as fugitive consuls.[1] Taurus was later convicted for this flight in the trial that was held at Chalcedon in 361 and sent into exile in Vercelli.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Zosimus, iii.10.4.
  2. ^ Ammianus Marcellinus, xxii.3.4.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin, John Robert Martindale, John Morris, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Volume 1, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 0-521-07233-6, p. 1146
Political offices
Preceded by
Imp. Caesar Flavius Julius Constantius Augustus X,
Flavius Claudius Iulianus Caesar III
Consul of the Roman Empire
361
with Flavius Florentius
Succeeded by
Claudius Mamertinus,
Flavius Nevitta