Aetius (praetorian prefect)

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Aetius (fl. 419–425) was a politician of the Eastern Roman Empire, praefectus urbi of Constantinople and praetorian prefect of the East.


Aetius was praefectus urbi of Constantinople. He is first attested in office on February 23, 419, when an old man called Cyriacus tried to kill him in the Great Church,[1] and again on October 4 of the same year, when he received a law preserved in the Codex Theodosianus.[2] He also received a law[3] dated to 409, but emended by scholars to 418, 420 or 422, in which he was to reduce the staff of the Great Church (this reduction has been suggested as a possible reason for the assassination attempt).[4] In 421 a large open-air water reservoir called "of Aetius" was built in Constantinople;[5] this Aetius might be the praefectus urbi, who could be still in office[4] as his successor, Florentius, is first attested in November 422.

A law addressed to him was issued on May 5, 425 that calls him a praetorian prefect;[6] it is not clearly stated if he was praetorian prefect of the East or of Illyricum, but the former is more probable.[4]


  1. ^ Chronicon Paschale, sub anno 419.
  2. ^ Codex Theodosianus, XIV, 6.5a, regarding the lime makers.
  3. ^ Codex Justinianus, I, 2.4a and IV, 63.5a
  4. ^ a b c Martindale.
  5. ^ Marcellinus Comes, sub anno 421.
  6. ^ Codex Theodosianus, XV, 4.1a, about the imperial images.


Preceded by
Praefectus urbi of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Praetorian prefect of the East
Succeeded by
Hierius (I)