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Avitus

Marcus Maecilius Flavius Eparchius Avitus c. 380/395 – after 17 October 456 or in 457) was Western Roman Emperor from 8 or 9 July 455 to 17 October 456. He was a senator and a high-ranking officer both in the civil and military administration, as well as Bishop of Piacenza. A Gallo-Roman aristocrat, he opposed the reduction of the Western Roman Empire to Italy alone, both politically and from an administrative point of view. For this reason, as Emperor he introduced several Gallic senators in the Imperial administration. Avitus had a good relationship with the Visigoths, in particular with their king Theodoric II, a friend of his and who acclaimed Avitus Emperor; the possibility of a strong and useful alliance between the Visigoths and Romans faded, when Theodoric invaded Hispania at Avitus' behest, which rendered him unable to help Avitus against the rebel Roman generals who deposed him. Avitus was born in Clermont to a family of the Gallo-Roman nobility, his father was Flavius Julius Agricola, consul in 421.

Avitus had two sons and Ecdicius Avitus and a daughter Papianilla. Avitus followed a course of study typical for a young man of his rank, including law. Before 421 he was sent to the powerful patricius Flavius Constantius to ask for a tax reduction for his own country, his relative Theodorus was hostage at the court of the King of Visigoths, Theodoric I. In 425/426 Avitus met him and the King, who let Avitus enter his own court. Here, around 439, Avitus met the son of Theodoric, Theodoric II, who became King. Avitus inspired the young Theodoric to study Latin poets, he started a military career serving under the magister militum Aetius in his campaign against the Juthungi and the Norics and against the Burgundians. In 437, after being elevated to the rank of vir illustris, he returned to Avernia, where he held a high office magister militum per Gallias. In the same year he defeated a group of Hunnic raiders near Clermont and obliged Theodoric to lift the siege of Narbonne. In 439 he renewed the friendship treaty with the Visigoths.

Before the summer of 440, he retired to private life at his estate, near Clermont. Here he lived until 451. In the late spring of 455, Avitus was recalled to service by emperor Petronius Maximus and was elevated to the rank of magister militum praesentalis; this embassy confirmed the new king and his people as foederati of the Empire and asked for their support for the new Emperor. While Avitus was at Theodoric's court, news came of the death of Petronius Maximus and of the sack of Rome by the Vandals of Gaiseric. Theodoric acclaimed Avitus Emperor in Toulouse. Avitus stayed in Gaul for three months, to consolidate his power in the region, the center of his support, went to Italy with a Gallic army reinforced with a Gothic force, he travelled to Noricum to restore the imperial authority in that province, passed through Ravenna, where he left a Gothic force under the new patricius and magister militum Remistus, a Visigoth. On 21 September he entered Rome; the effective power of Avitus depended on the support of all the major players in the Western Roman Empire in the mid-5th century.

The new Emperor needed the support of both the civil institutions, the Roman senate and the Eastern Roman Emperor Marcian, as well as that of the army and its commanders and the Vandals of Gaiseric. On 1 January 456, Avitus took the consulate, as traditionally the Emperors held the consulate in the first year upon assuming the purple. However, his consulate sine collega was not recognised by the Eastern court, which nominated two consuls and Varanes; the fact that the two courts did not agree on a couple of consuls but each nominated its own means that despite the efforts of Avitus to receive the recognition of the Eastern Emperor, the relationship between the two halves of the Empire was not optimal. Treaties under Marcian and a treaty of 442 between emperor Valentinian III and the Vandal king Gaiseric had failed to reduce Vandal incursions and raids along the Italian coast. Avitus' own efforts secured a temporary winter truce with them. Avitus sent Ricimer to defend Sicily, the Romans defeated the Vandals twice, once in a land battle near Agrigento and another in a naval battle off Corsica.

During the reign of Avitus, the Visigoths expanded into Hispania, nominally under Roman authorisation but to promote their own interests. In 455 Avitus had sent an ambassador, comes Fronto, to the Suebi and to Theodoric II to ask them to formally recognise Roman rule; when the Suebi invaded the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis, the Visigoths attacked and defeated th

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