Favourite Emperor of the Fourth Century (306-395)

Who are your favourite emperors from the years AD 306-395 (up to two choices)?

  • Constantine I

    Votes: 7 58.3%
  • Maxentius

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Licinius

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Maximinus II Daza

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Constantine II

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Constantius II

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Constans I

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Magnentius

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vetranio

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Constantius Gallus

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Julian

    Votes: 5 41.7%
  • Jovian

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Valentinian I

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Valens

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Procopius

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gratian

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Valentinian II

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Magnus Maximus

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Theodosius I

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Eugenius

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
Feb 2011
The most British of the emperors was arguably Carausius - feel free to vote for him in the Crisis/Tetrarchic poll :) (now that I think about it, you may well be the one person who has so far voted for Carausius in that poll, although he does have his British fans). I hadn't thought of it until you mentioned it, but Gratian is certainly interesting from the 'what if' of what if he was present at Adrianople.
Thanks- I did vote for him! Another good point for him is that either he is named after a stick insect or they are named after him- not sure which!
Oct 2018
Indeed no! Quite a prominent conk, unlike the average stick insect. ( i believe Sybil Fawlty called Basil an 'ageing, brilliantined stick insect' so maybe Carausius was quite tall!)
Haha, true, she does. Incidentally, Carausius' nose almost looks broken on the Carausius et Fratres Sui type:


Perhaps a nose of that kind spoke to a hardy soldier image.


Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
Yötebory Sveriya
Constantine towers above everyone else.

I’m not sure why Julian is ranking, Theodosius IMO is the clear #2 (but I didn’t vote for him because I dislike him). Julian was a disastrous leader on the level of Valens. The difference between the two is Julian was stupider, arguably a more overinflated ego, but easily the most pretentious Emperor since Elagabalus.