Arcadius, the first Emperor of the East, was born in Spain A.D. 383. At the death of his father Theodosius in 395 the Empire was divided, Honorius taking the western half with Rome as its capital, and Arcadius ruling the Eastern portion from Constantinople. His dominions extended from the Adriatic to the river Tigris, and from Scythia to Ethiopia. The young prince was too weak to assert his authority and gave way in everything to his ministers, or to his wife. He died despised and detested in 408.