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date: 09 December 2022

Aspar, Flavius Ardaburiuslocked

Aspar, Flavius Ardaburiuslocked

  • L. M. Whitby

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An important general in the eastern empire for at least four decades from about 430 ce, or earlier, to his death. As an *Arian he could not aspire to the throne, but he came close to wielding at *Constantinople the decisive influence which Stilicho and Ricimer exercised in the west. He was well connected to leading *Goths, including Plinta and Theoderic Strabo, and relied on the latter's military support. He is first attested with his father Ardaburius on the expedition to Ravenna against the usurper John, whom he defeated even though Ardaburius had been captured, and whose Hunnic allies under *Aetius he also withstood. In 431 he was again in the west, to help *Boniface repulse the *Vandals from Africa; he failed in this, but continued to defend the province at least until his proclamation as (western) consul in January 434. In the 440s he was involved in diplomacy to limit *Attila's depredations; he was elevated to patrician status, but is not attested fighting against the Hunnic onslaught.

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  • Late Antiquity

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