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Burdunellus (meaning "little mule", possibly a nickname) was a Roman usurper of the late fifth century, recorded only briefly in the Consularia Caesaraugustana. Under 496 it is recorded that "he became a tyrant in Hispania", a phrase which, in the political language of the time and considering the nature of the source, must mean he tried to claim the imperial dignity and authority.[1][2] He was eventually abandoned by his own supporters, who turned him over to legitimate authorities and sent him to Tolosa, where he was burned to death inside a bronze bull, a unique fate for a usurper but typically humiliating.[1] The location of Burdunellus' petty tyranny is unknown, but was probably the valley of the Ebro centred on Caesaraugusta.[1][2]


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  1. ^ a b c Collins, 35.
  2. ^ a b Thompson, 193.