Galla Placidia


Galla Placidia (388-450 CE), the future empress, was the half-sister of the Westen Roman emperor Flavius Honorius (r. 395-423 CE), and the daughter of Theodosius the Great (r. 379-395 CE). She was taken hostage by Alaric during the sack of Rome 410 CE. After returning to Rome, she became regent for her young son, Honorius' heir, Valentinian III.

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  • 388 CE - 450 CE
    Life of Galla Placidia.
  • 395 CE
    Death of Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • 402 CE
    Alaric invades Italy.
  • 408 CE
    Alaric I the Visigoth besieges Rome. As ransom, Rome pays 5,000 pounds of gold, 30,000 pounds of silver, 4,000 silken tunics, 3,000 hides dyed scarlet, and 3,000 pounds of pepper.
  • 410 CE
    Alaric of the Visigoths sacks Rome.
  • 414 CE
    Galla Placidia marries Athaulf.
  • 417 CE
    Constantius III marries Galla Placidia.
  • 425 CE
    Galla Placidia becomes regent for the young Valentinian III.