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Hannibalianus Rex Regum (335-337 A.D)

Michael DiMaio, Jr.

Salve Regina University

Coin with the image of Hannibalianus Rex (c)1998 CGB numismatique, Paris

Hannibalianus, whose full name was Flavius Hannibalianus, was the son of Dalmatius the Censor, the brother of Dalmati us Caesar, and the nephew of Constantine I . His father the Censor had both Hannibalianus and his brother, the future Caesar, educated at Tolosa (Toulouse), where the family lived, by the rhetor Exsuperius. Made a nobilissimus by his uncle Constantine I , he married the emperor's daughter Constantina. In 337, when the emperor planned his campaign against the Persians, he named Hannibalianus Rex Regum et Ponticarum Gentium. He perhaps eventually intended to put his nephew on the throne of Persia. In any case, Hannibalianus perished in the purge of the imperial family which occurred following the death of Constantine Iin May 337.


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