Agricola (consul 421)

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Agricola, full name possibly Julius Agricola (c. 365 – after 421) was a West Roman statesman who served twice as praetorian prefect and became consul for 421.[1]


He was from Gaul Narbo.[2] His familial relations are unclear: the names of Agricola's parents are unknown, as is the name of his wife, and the names of his children. He may have had a son named Nymphidius. He was the grandfather of Flavius Magnus, consul in 460. He was also a relative, perhaps even the father, of the Emperor Avitus (r. 455–456).[2]

He served twice as praetorian prefect. His first tenure was sometime before 418, but the exact circumscription is unknown; it was most probably in the Western half of the Empire however.[2] The second time Agricola served as praetorian prefect of Gaul was in 418. He presided over the initial annual concilium of the Gauls. This assembly had been founded by a previous praetorian prefect, Petronius, but it had stopped meeting due to the revolt of Constantine III.[3]

The last office Agricola is recorded holding is the consulship for 421, with Fl. Eustathius as the parallel officeholder in the East.[4]


  1. ^ Martin Heinzelmann, "Gallische Prosopographie 260-527", Francia 10 (1982), pp. 547, 632
  2. ^ a b c Martindale & Morris (1980), p. 36
  3. ^ John Matthews, Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court AD 364-425 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), p. 334
  4. ^ Martindale & Morris (1980), p. 37


  • Martindale, John R.; Morris, John (1980), The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire - Volume II, AD 395–527, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-20159-9
Political offices
Preceded by
Imp. Caesar Theodosius Augustus IX,
Fl. Constantius III
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Fl. Eustathius
Succeeded by
Imp. Caesar Honorius Augustus XIII,
Imp. Caesar Theodosius Augustus X