Setting a record for longest-reigning Roman emperor at 48 years
(equivalent to a dozen U.S. Presidential terms!), Theodosius II set remarkably
few other records in all this time. He was the last emperor to rule both east
and west halves, albeit briefly, after the death of Honorius and before the
puppet emperor Johannes came onto the scene. As for his own achievements, he
wasn't much more than a figurehead ensconced in his palace. His sister Pulcheria
took the active role in steering the empire. He died a few days after a hunting
Roman Imperial Theodosius II
AE 3 10 Jan 402-28 Jul 450 A.D.
15.3 mm. 1.71 g.
Cyzicus mint 406-423 A.D., Officina 1
Obv. D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG
Peal-diademend, draped and cuirassed bust right, star behind
Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM
Theodosius II and Honorius standing facing, heads turned to one another, each holding a spear and shield on ground,