Galla Placidia

Galla Placidia

Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Death 27 Nov 450 (aged 86–87)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Plot Between the sarcophagi of Constantius III and Valentinian III
Memorial ID 40213995 · View Source
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Roman Empress. She ruled the Roman Empire as regent in the early years of Valentinian III. She was born in approximately 388 AD and was the daughter of the Emperor Theodosius I. While still a child she was given her own household and financial independence and was named "Noblissima Puella", meaning "Most Noble Child". She was captured by the Vsigoths during their sack of Rome in 410 AD and taken to Gaul where she was married to the Visigothic chieftain, Athaulf in 414 AD. When Athaulf died in 416 AD, she was returned to Rome to be married to the influential general Constantius, with home she had a son, the future Emperor Valentinian III. When was made co-Emperor in the West as Constsantius III she was declared "Augusta" at his side. She was forced to leave Rome when Constantius died seven months later and went to live with her nephew, the eastern Emperor, Theodosius II. She returned to Rome in 425 AD when her son Valentinian became Emperor in the west. Due to her son's youth she ruled as regent for the first twelve years of his reign and it was she who sent an army against the rebel Boniface, the Count of Africa. She was also responsible for many building project, including the restoration of the Basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls and additions to the Church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalum. In addition she built the churches of the Holy Cross and St. John the Divine at Ravenna and the Church of St. Stephen at Rimini. Although her power reduced when Valentinian came of age, she continued to exert her influence until her death in 450 AD.

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