Priscus Attalus

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Priscus Attalus
Usurper of the Western Roman Empire
Priscus Attalus Siliqua.jpg
Coin of Priscus Attalus.
Reign409 and 414-415, against Honorius
Diedafter 416
Lipari Islands
Full name
Priscus Attalus
Regnal name
Imperator Caesar Priscus Attalus Augustus

Priscus Attalus (d. after 416) was twice Roman usurper (in 409-10 and in 414-15), against Emperor Honorius, with Visigothic support. He was the last non-Christian Roman usurper.

Priscus Attalus was a Greek from Asia whose father had moved to Italy under Valentinian I. Attalus was an important senator in Rome, who served as praefectus urbi in 409. He was twice proclaimed emperor by the Visigoths, in an effort to impose their terms on the ineffectual Emperor Honorius, in Ravenna.

He held the title of Emperor in Rome, few months 409-410, and later in Burdigala again for a few months in 414-415. His two reigns lasted only a few months; the first one ended when Alaric believed it was hampering his negotiations with Honorius, and the second came to an end after he was abandoned by the Visigoths and eventually captured by Honorius' men. Attalus was obliged to participate in the triumph Honorius celebrated in the streets of Rome in 416, before finishing his days exiled in the Aeolian Islands.

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Preceded by
Gabinius Barbarus Pompeianus
Praefectus urbi of Rome
Succeeded by