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Valentinian II (Latin: Flavius Valentinianus Augustus), was Roman Emperor from AD 375 to 392.

Valentinian himself seems to have exercised no real authority, and was a figurehead for various powerful interests: his mother, his co-emperors, and powerful generals. Since the Crisis of the Third Century, the empire had been ruled by powerful generals, a situation formalised by Diocletian and his collegiate system. While Constantine I and his sons had been strong military figures, they had also re-established the practice of hereditary succession, adopted by Valentinian I. The obvious flaw in these two competing requirements came in the reign of Valentinian II, a child. His reign was a harbinger of the fifth century, when children or nonentities, reigning as emperors, were controlled by powerful generals and officials.

Emperor Valentinian II of the Roman Empire reigned in...
Reigned asIn countryCoinsFromTo
Emperors Gratian and Valentinan II (West only) Western Roman Empire 17 November 375 9 August 378
Emperors Gratian and Valentinan II Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) 9 August 378 19 January 379
Emperors Gratian and Valentinan II (whole Empire) Western Roman Empire 9 August 378 19 January 379
Emperors Gratian and Valentinan II (West only again) Western Roman Empire 19 January 379 25 August 383