Nicomachus (4) Flavianus, Virius, Roman senator, c. 340–394 CE

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Virius Nicomachus (4) Flavianus (c. 340–394 CE), was a Roman aristocrat, officeholder, and author, though no works survive. He has traditionally been seen alongside his fellow senators Vettius Agorius Praetextatus and Q. Aurelius Symmachus as a major figure in the last days of Roman paganism; Flavianus in particular is seen as having supported a pagan revival under the usurper Eugenius, whom he served as praetorian prefect and consul in 394 before committing suicide upon Eugenius’s defeat by Theodosius I at the Battle of the River Frigidus. The supposed pagan revival has been called into question in recent scholarship. Flavianus is also known to have written a history, which is lost.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Classical Dictionary
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • senators
  • paganism
  • praetorian prefects
  • writers of history
  • lost historical works
  • Battle of the River Frigidus
  • Symmachus
  • Eugenius


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