Avitus

Roman emperor of the West | Royal

Lived from 390 to 457 CE

Avitus was the Western Roman emperor from 455 to 456. Born of a Gallic family, Avitus was a son-in-law of the Christian writer Sidonius Apollinaris, whose poetry is an important source for our knowledge of him. He was appointed General of the imperial army by the Western emperor Petronius Maximus (455 CE). When Maximus was killed, the Goths proclaimed Avitus emperor at Toulouse, and this claim was upheld by the Gallo-Romans at Arles (July 9, 455). The new emperor proceeded to Rome but general Ricimer defeated Avitus and forced him to abdicate on October 18, 456, and to become bishop of Placentia. Sources show that he may have died while attempting to return to Gaul c. 457.

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Lived from 390 to 457 CE

Avitus was the Western Roman emperor from 455 to 456. Born of a Gallic family, Avitus was a son-in-law of the Christian writer Sidonius Apollinaris, whose poetry is an important source for our knowledge of him. He was appointed General of the imperial army by the Western emperor Petronius Maximus (455 CE). When Maximus was killed, the Goths proclaimed Avitus emperor at Toulouse, and this claim was upheld by the Gallo-Romans at Arles (July 9, 455). The new emperor proceeded to Rome but general Ricimer defeated Avitus and forced him to abdicate on October 18, 456, and to become bishop of Placentia. Sources show that he may have died while attempting to return to Gaul c. 457.

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