Gaudentius (son of Aëtius)
He was born in Rome, probably in 440, and was baptized before his first birthday. Scholars identify him as the unnamed subject of a poem of Flavius Merobaudes. In 454 his father and emperor Valentinian III arranged a marriage alliance, which included the marriage between Gaudentius and Placidia, but that year his father was killed by Valentinian himself. In 455, the Vandals sacked Rome; Gaundentius was one of the countless thousands made a prisoner and brought back to Africa. Gaiseric claimed that his following attacks to Italy were to recover Gaudentius's legacy.
- F. M. Clover, "Flavius Merobaudes: a Translation and Historical Commentary", Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, New Series, Vol. 61, No. 1 (1971), pp. 30 - 32
- Clover, "Flavius Merobaudes", pp. 29f
- Stewart I. Oost, Galla Placidia Augusta: a biographical essay (Chicago: University Press, 1968), p. 287