Ricimer

General of Roman empire | Historical Figure

Lived from 418 to 472 CE

Flavius Ricimer was a general of the Roman Empire of Germanic origin, who effectively ruled the remaining territory of the Western Roman Empire from 461 until his death in 472 AD.  Deriving his power from his position as "magister militum" (highest rank general of the army) of the Western Empire, Ricimer exercised political control through a series of puppet emperors. Ricimer's rule lasted until his death from a hemorrhage on August 18, 472 AD, six weeks after deposing emperor Anthemius. Without a powerful figure to guide it, the Western Roman Empire experienced an even more rapid succession of emperors, none of whom were able to effectively consolidate power.

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Lived from 418 to 472 CE

Flavius Ricimer was a general of the Roman Empire of Germanic origin, who effectively ruled the remaining territory of the Western Roman Empire from 461 until his death in 472 AD.  Deriving his power from his position as "magister militum" (highest rank general of the army) of the Western Empire, Ricimer exercised political control through a series of puppet emperors. Ricimer's rule lasted until his death from a hemorrhage on August 18, 472 AD, six weeks after deposing emperor Anthemius. Without a powerful figure to guide it, the Western Roman Empire experienced an even more rapid succession of emperors, none of whom were able to effectively consolidate power.

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