Palladius (Caesar)

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Palladius (c. 420 – June 455) was Caesar of the Western Roman Empire for two months in 455, together with his father Petronius Maximus.


According to Hydatius,[1] he was a son of Petronius Maximus from a previous marriage. In the second half of the 430s, he could have been a praetor.

In March 455 his father become Emperor after the death of Valentinian III. Petronius appointed Palladius Caesar and had him marry Eudocia, the elder daughter of Valentinian.[2] However, Eudocia had been betrothed to Huneric, son of the King of the Vandals Genseric, who retaliated sacking Rome. Petronius died stoned by an angry mob (April 455), a fate probably shared by Palladius.


  1. Hydatius, Chronica, s.a. 455.31
  2. According to Henning (p. 30), Palladius married Placidia, Valentinian's younger daughter.


  • Henning, Dirk, Periclitans res Publica: Kaisertum und Eliten in der Krise des Weströmischen Reiches 454/5-493 n. Chr. Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 3-515-07485-6.
  • Mathisen, Ralph, "Palladius", De Imperatoribus Romanis