Avitus (455–456 CE) 0 Products
Avitus (455–456 CE)
Ruler of the Western Empire. Born of a distinguished 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.
Avitus was appointed magister utriusque militiae (“master of both services”) by the Western emperor Petronius Maximus (reigned 455). 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 the general Ricimer defeated Avitus at Placentia (modern Piacenza) and forced him to abdicate (October 18, 456) and to become bishop of Placentia.
He may have died while attempting to return to Gaul.
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