Valentinian III

Roman emperor of the West | Royal

Lived from 419 to 455 CE

Valentinian III was Roman emperor in the West from 425 to 455. He was made emperor in childhood and his reign over the Roman Empire was one of the longest, but dominated by powerful generals, civil wars, and the invasions of Late Antiquity's Migration Period, including the campaigns of Attila the Hun. In 424, before assuming the rank of Augustus, Valentinian was given the imperial rank of Caesar by his half-cousin and co-emperor Theodosius II. During Valentinian's reign the Huns invaded the Roman Empire, but his general, Aetius, defeated Attila's army at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. Once the Huns returned, Pope Leo I and two other senators convinced Attila to leave. Valentinian himself killed his general Aetius, in 454 and in response Aetius's bodyguards assassinated Valentinian just a few months later in 455. Valentinian's reign was marked by the ongoing collapse of the western empire.

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Lived from 419 to 455 CE

Valentinian III was Roman emperor in the West from 425 to 455. He was made emperor in childhood and his reign over the Roman Empire was one of the longest, but dominated by powerful generals, civil wars, and the invasions of Late Antiquity's Migration Period, including the campaigns of Attila the Hun. In 424, before assuming the rank of Augustus, Valentinian was given the imperial rank of Caesar by his half-cousin and co-emperor Theodosius II. During Valentinian's reign the Huns invaded the Roman Empire, but his general, Aetius, defeated Attila's army at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. Once the Huns returned, Pope Leo I and two other senators convinced Attila to leave. Valentinian himself killed his general Aetius, in 454 and in response Aetius's bodyguards assassinated Valentinian just a few months later in 455. Valentinian's reign was marked by the ongoing collapse of the western empire.

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