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Roman Emperor Valentinian II (The Child Emperor) 22 November 375 – 15 May 392
Born in the waning years of the Western Roman Empire, Valentinian II was unique in many ways.  First he ascended to the throne at the age of 4.  It was of little consequence since by this point the empire was no longer ruled by the emperor, but rather by the various competing interests of politicians, generals, co-emperors, and the Eastern Roman Emperor.  Indeed through most of his reign Valentinian II served mostly as a figurehead rather than a real ruler.  Secondly, Valentinian II never stepped foot in Rome.  Rather he held court in Milan from 375 - 387 and from Vienne (Southern France) from 375 - 392. On the 15th of May 392 he was found hanged at the age of 21, though it is unknown whether the cause was murder or suicide.  The reign of Valentinian II would signify a shift in Roman politics.  Henceforward power was situated in the Eastern Roman Empire as the Western Roman Empire died a slow death.  The remaining rulers in the west would be weak and ineffectual, with the collapse of the empire occurring in 476 AD.

Roman Emperor Valentinian II (The Child Emperor) 22 November 375 – 15 May 392

Born in the waning years of the Western Roman Empire, Valentinian II was unique in many ways.  First he ascended to the throne at the age of 4.  It was of little consequence since by this point the empire was no longer ruled by the emperor, but rather by the various competing interests of politicians, generals, co-emperors, and the Eastern Roman Emperor.  Indeed through most of his reign Valentinian II served mostly as a figurehead rather than a real ruler.  Secondly, Valentinian II never stepped foot in Rome.  Rather he held court in Milan from 375 - 387 and from Vienne (Southern France) from 375 - 392. On the 15th of May 392 he was found hanged at the age of 21, though it is unknown whether the cause was murder or suicide.  The reign of Valentinian II would signify a shift in Roman politics.  Henceforward power was situated in the Eastern Roman Empire as the Western Roman Empire died a slow death.  The remaining rulers in the west would be weak and ineffectual, with the collapse of the empire occurring in 476 AD.

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