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Aelia Galla Placida

Female 388 - 450  (62 years)


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  • Name , Aelia Galla Placida  [1, 2
    Born 388  Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Nov 450  Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I38519  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Father Flavius Theodosius Emperor of Rome I,   b. 11 Jan 346, Coca, Segovia, Castilla-Leon, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 395, Milan, Milano, Lombardia, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Flavia Galla Justina Valentinia,   b. 365, Pannonia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 394, Roma, Roma, Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 376  Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19203  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Constantius, III,   b. Abt 325, Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 412, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Children 
     1. Valentinian Western Roman Emperor III,   b. 2 Jul 419, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 455, Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F12915  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Adulphus King of the Visigoths,   b. 400, La Mancha, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 441, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 414  Narbonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Hrothildis Athanlidis,   b. 390, Bourgogne, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 449, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F27182  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 388 - Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 414 - Narbonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Nov 450 - Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Queen Aelia Galla 'The Elder' Placidia 4
    Queen Aelia Galla 'The Elder' Placidia 4
    aelia galla empress of the roman empire
    aelia galla empress of the roman empire
    Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
    Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
    Mausoleum of Galla Placidia2
    Mausoleum of Galla Placidia2

  • Notes 
    • Placidia was in Rome at the time of its sack by Alaric and the Visigoths. She was carried off as part of the plunder but later married Alaricus brother Athaulf in 414 after Alaric had died and Athaulf had become King of the Visigothic nation. The Roman princess and the barbarian king soon had a family. Galla Placidia gave birth to baby boy whom she named Theodosius after her father. The infant died after a few weeks and was buried in Barcelona, Spain where Athaulf had settled his people after much wandering about Europe. After Athaulf was murdered in 416, Galla Placidia was treated shamefully by Singeric, the new Visigothic king. Instead of treating the widow of his predecessor with tenderness and compassion, Singeric forced her to walk twelve miles on foot ahead of his horse in the company of common prisoners. Placidia did not have long to wait for justice, though. Singeric was not well liked by the Visigothic warrior elite and was mordered after a reign of only seven days by Wallia, a Visigothic warrior who won popularity by announcing his intention of making war on the Roman Empire. Wallia ended up selling Placidia back to her brother Honorius for 600,000 measures of grain. Placidia returned home in 416 to marry Constantius, a general of Honoriusua short time later. Constantius was made co-augustus in the West in A. D. 421 and became the Roman emperor Constantius III. He died of pleurisy after a reign of only seven months. From this marriage, Galla Placidia had two children, Valentinian, who later became Emperor Valentinian III and Justa Grata Honoria, who is only remembered in history from a few coins bearing her portrait and a strange tale of forbidden love and treachery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1845] Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;).

    2. [S1909] Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).