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Aetius (praetorian prefect)

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

Life

Aetius was praefectus urbi of Constantinople. He is 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 at 409, but emended by scholars at 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 water reservoir "of Aetius" was built in Constantinople;[5] this Aetius might be the praefectus urbi, who could be still in office[4] (his successor, Florentius, is attested in November 422).

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

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Preceded by
Ursus
Praefectus urbi of Constantinople
(418?-)419(-?421)
Succeeded by
Florentius
Preceded by
Asclepiodotus
Praetorian prefect of the East
425
Succeeded by
Hierius (I)
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