Rufinus ro͞ofī´nəs [key], d. 395, Roman statesman, minister of Theodosius I and Arcadius . After Theodosius' death (395) he virtually ruled the Eastern Empire for Arcadius, but his attempt to marry his daughter to the young emperor was thwarted by Eutropius (d. 399). Rufinus was assassinated by Gothic mercenaries, who acted possibly on the orders of his rival Stilicho .
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