Number 7. 2019
Estudios bizantinos is a digital and international open-access journal of Byzantine Studies. It has been created by the Sociedad Española de Bizantinística and it welcomes scientific papers with original and high-quality content on any aspect of the Byzantine civilisation.

Elisabet Seijo Ibáñez

On November 24th 380, Theodosius I celebrated his first aduentus in Constantinople and inaugurated a new period of the Roman Empire. Several women of his family arrived with him, and one of them was his adopted daughter Serena, who in 384 married Stilicho, a soldier born of a Roman woman and a Vandal. This union stands out as it was between a member of the imperial family and a man of barbarian origins (although Stilicho had Roman citizenship). The aim of this paper is to analyse the circumstances of the wedding and why Theodosius I allowed the nuptials.
Keywords: Serena, Estilicó, Teodosi I, matrimoni, bàrbars, exèrcit