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Ildibad (Sometimes rendered Hildebad or Heldebadus) (died 541) was a king of the Ostrogoths in Italy, being chosen to replace Witiges, who had been engaged in various intrigues with Belisarius, and had left Ravenna. He moved his capital to Pavia in 540,[1] conquered Treviso, installing his nephew Totila as commander, and soon controlled Venetia and Liguria.[2]

Ildibald reigned for only about a year before being killed by a Gepid at a palace banquet. After a brief interlude under Eraric, he was succeeded by his nephew Totila.

Ildibad was a nephew of Theudis, one of the Visigothic kings in Spain. This relationship led Peter Heather to suggest that both belonged to a powerful, non-royal clan.[3]


  1. ^ Herwig Wolfram, History of the Goths (University of California Press, 1990).
  2. ^ Wolfram (1990)
  3. ^ Peter Heather, The Goths (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996), p. 242
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Preceded by
King of the Ostrogoths
Succeeded by