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Procopius Anthemius (c. 420 - July 11, 472) was a Western Roman Emperor (April 12, 467 to July 11, 472). One of the "shadow emperors" of the 5th century, he was perhaps the last individual with any ability to hold the office. Anthemius attempted to solve the two primary military challenges facing the remains of the Western Roman Empire: the resurgent Visigoths, under Euric, whose domain straddled the Pyrenees; and the unvanquished Vandals, under Gaiseric, in undisputed control of North Africa. The Procopii (Procopius or Procopia in singular male/female) were a family of Ancient Rome. ... For other uses, see number 420. ... July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... Events Relations between the Roman Emperor Anthemius and the general Ricimer deteriorate completely. ... The Western Roman Empire is the name given to the western half of the Roman Empire after its division by Diocletian. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... Events April 12 - Anthemius elevated to Western Roman Emperor Births Leo II, Byzantine emperor Cerdic of Wessex (approximate date). ... July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... Events Relations between the Roman Emperor Anthemius and the general Ricimer deteriorate completely. ... (4th century - 5th century - 6th century - other centuries) Events Rome sacked by Visigoths in 410. ... The Western Roman Empire is the name given to the western half of the Roman Empire after its division by Diocletian. ... The Visigoths, originally Tervingi, or Vesi (the noble ones), one of the two main branches of the Goths (of which the Ostrogothi were the other), were one of the loosely-termed Germanic peoples that disturbed the late Roman Empire. ... Euric, also known as Eurico or Erwig (c. ... Central Pyrenees The Pyrenees (French: Pyrénées; Spanish: Pirineos; Occitan: Pirenèus or Pirenèas; Catalan Pirineus; Aragonese: Perinés; Basque: Pirinioak) are a range of mountains in southwest Europe that form a natural border between France and Spain. ... The Vandals were an East Germanic tribe that entered the late Roman Empire, and created a state in North Africa, centered on the city of Carthage. ... Geiseric (circa 389 – January 25, 477), also spelled as Gaiseric or Genseric, was the King of the Vandals and Alans (428–477) and was one of the key players in the troubles of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. ...


His reign began on a hopeful note. Anthemius had the backing of Leo, Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, and had married his daughter to the chief military strongman of Italy, Ricimer. A skilled general in Illyricum, Marcellinus, ceased his active opposition and pledged his allegiance to the new Emperor. Anthemius also gained support from a backer far outside of the existing circle of possible supporters: one Riothamus with a Romano-British army joined with Anthemius, and the alliance attempted to encroach on Euric. However, Euric was able to defeat not only Riothamus' army and the various Roman forces, but annexed numerous Gallic cities that still remained in Roman hands. Imperator Caesar Flavius Valerius Leo Augustus or Leo I of the Byzantine Empire (401 - 474, reigned 457 - 474), sometimes known as Leo the Thracian, was the last of a series of emperors placed on the throne by Aspar, the Alan serving as commander-in-chief of the army. ... Byzantine Empire is the term conventionally used to describe the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, centered around its capital in Constantinople. ... Ricimer (born about 405, died August 18, 472) was master of the Roman Empire in the West during part of the fifth century. ... This article is about an ancient civilization in southeastern Europe; see also Illyria (software), Illyria (character in the TV series Angel). ... Riothamus (also spelled Riotimus, Rigothamus, Rigotamos), was a military leader and considered King of the Brittones (c. ... The term Romano-British describes the Romanised culture of Britain under the rule of the Roman Empire, when Roman and Christian culture had extensively entered into the life of the native Brythonic, Pictish and perhaps Gaelic -speaking peoples of Britain. ... Gallia (in English Gaul) is the Latin name for the region of western Europe occupied by present-day France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ...


A contemporary campaign against the Vandals fared little better, despite the fact it was supported by the still vigorous Eastern Roman Empire. While the campaign against Gaiseric initially made significant gains such as destroying the Vandalic fleet, under the leadership of the incompetent Basiliscus, who allowed the fleet to be destroyed by Gaiseric, it failed to build on these victories, and was forced back to Sicily where the far more skilled general Marcellinus was murdered. Flavius Basiliscus was a rival Byzantine Emperor 475 _ 476. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ...


In 470, following all of this misfortune, Anthemius fell into a serious sickness, and believing that it was caused by sorcery, exacted vengeance on numerous prominent men. The Master of Soldiers, Ricimer, lost patience with Anthemius, summoned 6000 men who had been enlisted for the war against the Vandals, and began armed opposition in Milan against Anthemius in Rome. This conflict between emperor and military strongman ended five months later with Ricimer's conquest of Rome, and the capture and execution of Anthemius. Location within Italy Piazza della Scala Milan (Italian: Milano; Milanese dialect: Milán) is the main city in northern Italy, and is located in the plains of Lombardy, the most populated and developed of Italian regions. ... Location within Italy The Roman Colosseum Rome (Italian and Latin: Roma) is the capital city of Italy and of its Latium region. ...


Sources for Anthemius' life are richer than for most fifth century Western Emperors, partly because of his origin in Constantinople, where the tradition of court histories was kept alive, and partly because of the details that can be extracted from a panegyric delivered January 1, 468 by the Gallo-Roman poet Sidonius Apollinaris. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... Events March 3 - Simplicius succeeds Hilarius as Pope The Vandal fleet overpowers the navy of Leo I of the Byzantine Empire Huns again invade Dacia but are once more repelled by the eastern emperor Leo I. Births Deaths February 29 - Pope Hilarius Gunabhadra Categories: 468 ... This article covers the culture of Romanized areas of Gaul. ... Gaius Sollius Modestus Sidonius Apollinaris (ca 430 - after 489), poet, diplomat, bishop, is the single most important surviving author from fifth-century Gaul according to Eric Goldberg (see link). ...


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Preceded by
Libius Severus
Western Roman Emperor
Succeeded by
Olybrius

Anthemius was also a suburb of Constantinople on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus. Libius Severus was a Western Roman Emperor. ... This is a list of Roman Emperors with the dates they controlled the Roman Empire. ... Anicius Olybrius, Western Roman Emperor (July 11 - October 23, 472), was a member of a noble family and a native of Rome. ...


There was also an Anthemius of Tralles who was an architect of Hagia Sophia. Anthemius of Tralles (c. ... Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey, June 1994 The Church of the Holy Wisdom, variously known as Hagia Sophia (Άγια Σοφία) in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin or Ayasofya in Turkish, is a former Greek Orthodox church and mosque now a museum, in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople. ...


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Anthemius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (455 words)
Anthemius attempted to solve the two primary military challenges facing the remains of the Western Roman Empire: the resurgent Visigoths, under Euric, whose domain straddled the Pyrenees; and the unvanquished Vandals, under Gaiseric, in undisputed control of North Africa.
Anthemius also gained support from a backer far outside of the existing circle of possible supporters: one Riothamus with a Romano-British army joined with Anthemius, and the alliance attempted to encroach on Euric.
Sources for Anthemius' life are richer than for most fifth century Western Emperors, partly because of his origin in Constantinople, where the tradition of court histories was kept alive, and partly because of the details that can be extracted from a panegyric delivered January 1, 468 by the Gallo-Roman poet Sidonius Apollinaris.
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At Marcian's death, Anthemius was even understood to be the most likely man to succeed him to the throne of the eastern empire, accept that Aspar, the powerful 'Master of Soldiers', preferred to see one of his own men on the throne.
Anthemius though was not the kind of man to hold a grudge against Leo and went on to serve him well, winning military victories for his emperor - first against the Ostrogoths in Illyricum from AD 459-464 and then against the Huns at Serdica (Sofia) in AD 466/7.
Anthemius' attempt to put a stop to Euric's ambitions ended in a crushing defeat in a battle on the western bank of the river Rhône, in which the emperor's son Anthemiolus and three leading Roman generals lost their lives.
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