Bacurius the Iberian

Bacurius The Iberian

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Bacurius was a Roman general and a member of the royal family of Iberia (modern Georgia) mentioned by several Greco-Roman authors of the 4th and 5th centuries. It is accepted, but not universally, that all these refer to the same person, an Iberian "king" or "prince", who joined the Roman military ranks. Scholarly opinion is divided whether Bacurius can be identified with one of the king Bakur () of the medieval Georgian annals who might have taken refuge in the Roman possessions in the process of Roman–Iranian conflicts over the Caucasus.Toumanoff, Cyril (1969), Chronology of the Early Kings of Iberia. Traditio 25: 31-32

Ammianus Marcellinus, Tyrannius Rufinus, and Zosimus report that Bacurius was "king of Iberians", but Gelasius of Caesarea does not call him king, but merely scion of the kings of Iberia. Bacurius was a tribunus sagittariorum at the battle of Adrianople with the Goths in 378 and then served as dux Palaestinae and comes domesticorum until 394, when he became magister militum and commanded a "Barbarian" contigent in Theodosius I’s campaign against the Roman usurper Eugenius and met his death, according to Zosimus, at the battle of the Frigidus. According to Socrates of Constantinople Bacurius had also fought in Theodosius’s earlier campaign against Magnus Maximus.Arnold Hugh Martin Jones, John Robert Martindale, J. Morris (ed., 1971), Prosopography of the...... ...
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