After Constans was killed in A. D. 350, the soldiers of the Roman army in Illyria were undecided whether to support Constantius II or Magnentius. Constantia, Constantius' sister persuaded Vetranios troops to proclaim him emperor. Vetranio immediately proclaimed his loyalty to Constantius II and lead his troops out in support of Constantius against Magnentius. When Constantius arrived on the scene, having gained control of the war against Magnentius, Vetranio formally abdicated in his presence. Showing an uncommon degree of mercy for the times, Constantius allowed Vetranio to retire to a villa on a large estate in Bithynia rather than having his potential rival for the throne executed on the spot.
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