Remistus

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Remistus (died in Ravenna, September 17, 456) was a general of the Western Roman Empire, commander-in-chief of the army under Emperor Avitus.

Life[edit]

Remistus was a Visigoth, as shown by his Germanic name. In 456 Remistus reached a high military rank under Emperor Avitus, who probably appointed him magister militum, and received the rank of patricius: he was the first magister militum since the death of Aetius in 454 and the first barbarian magister militum.

The newly appointed general took up residence in Ravenna, the capital, with a group of Goths. That same year Avitus, who was opposed by the Roman Senate, decided to leave Italy and go to his native Gaul to gather reinforcements; Remistus remained back to control Italy. He clashed with the Senate army, led by the Italian magister militum Ricimer and was forced to return to Ravenna; besieged, he was captured and put to death in the Palace in Classis, just outside the city, on September 17.

The following month, Avitus was deposed and killed.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Flavius Aetius
In 454
Supreme Commander of the Western Roman Army
456
Succeeded by
Ricimer
In 457