Rufius Gennadius Probus Orestes

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Consular diptych of Rufius Gennadius Probus Orestes, Victoria and Albert museum

Rufius Gennadius Probus Orestes (died 552) was a Roman aristocrat. He was appointed consul for the year 530, which he held alongside Flavius Lampadius.

On 17 December 546 Orestes was in Rome when the Visigothic King Totila captured the city. Orestes, Anicius Olybrius (who had been consul in 526), Anicius Maximus (who had been consul in 523), and other patricii sought refuge in Old St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He afterwards joined a group of refugees who followed the Byzantine army as far as Portus. The following year, when some Byzantine soldiers were patrolling in Campania and encountered captured senators, who were freed and afterward sent to Sicily, he was left behind due to a lack of horses.[2] Orestes was still a prisoner of the Visigoths when Narses conquered Rome in 552; the senators were preparing to return to Rome, but the Goths who guarded them, enraged by the death of Totila, killed them all.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Procopius, De Bello VII.20.16-19. Translated by H.B. Dewing, Procopius (Cambridge: Loeb Classical Library, 1979), vol. 4 p. 329
  2. ^ Procopius, De Bello VII.26.10-14; translated by Dewing, Procopius vol. 4 pp. 381ff
  3. ^ Procopius, De Bello VIII.34.5-6; translated by Dewing, Procopius vol. 5 pp. 399ff
Political offices
Preceded by
Decius
Consul of the Roman Empire
530
With: Lampadius
Vacant
Title next held by
Justinian I