Agricola (consul 421)

Agricola (full name possibly Julius Agricola; fl. 365–421) was a West Roman statesman who served twice as praetorian prefect and became consul for 421.[1]


He was from Gaul Narbo.[2] His familial relations are unclear: the names of Agricola's parents are unknown, as is the name of his wife, and the names of his children. He may have had a son named Nymphidius. He was the grandfather of Magnus, consul in 460. He was also a relative, perhaps even the father, of the emperor Avitus (r. 455–456).[2]

He served twice as praetorian prefect. His first tenure was sometime before 418, but the exact circumscription is unknown; it was most probably in the Western half of the empire, however.[2] The second time Agricola served as praetorian prefect of Gaul was in 418. He presided over the initial annual concilium of the Gauls. This assembly had been founded by a previous praetorian prefect, Petronius, but it had stopped meeting due to the revolt of Constantine III.[3]

The last office Agricola is recorded holding is the consulship for 421, with Eustathius as the parallel officeholder in the East.[4]


  1. ^ Martin Heinzelmann, "Gallische Prosopographie 260-527", Francia 10 (1982), pp. 547, 632
  2. ^ a b c Martindale & Morris (1980), p. 36
  3. ^ John Matthews, Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court AD 364-425 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), p. 334
  4. ^ Martindale & Morris (1980), p. 37


  • Martindale, John R.; Morris, John (1980), The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire - Volume II, AD 395–527, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-20159-9
Political offices
Preceded by Roman consul
with Eustathius
Succeeded by