Reparatus

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Reparatus (died 539) was a Roman aristocrat, and politician under Ostrogothic rule. He held the offices of Urban prefect (527) and Praetorian prefect of Italy.

Reparatus was the brother of Pope Vigilius; according to the Liber pontificalis, their father was Johannes and identified as a consul having received that title from the emperor.[1] He was one of the senators taken hostage by Witigis in November/December 536,[2] but managed to escape along with Vergentius (also known as Bergantinus) before the Ostrogoths ordered their slaughter in Spring 537,[3] only to be trapped in Milan during the siege of that city in Summer 538 to March 539. While Reparatus was killed when the city fell,[4] Vergentius managed to escape with his life and left Italy for Constantinople.[5]

Responsibility for Reparatus' fatherless children fell to Pope Vigilius. He married his niece, Vigilia, to Flavius Turcius Rufius Apronianus Asterius, the consul of 494, and ordained his nephew Rusticus as a deacon in the Roman church.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raymond Davis, translator, The Book of Pontiffs (Liber Pontificalis) (Liverpool: University Press, 1989), p. 56
  2. ^ Procopius, De Bellis V.12.2. Translated by H.B. Dewing, Procopius (Cambridge: Loeb Classical Library, 1979), vol. 3 p. 117
  3. ^ Procopius, De Bellis V.26.1-2. Translated by H.B. Dewing, Procopius (Cambridge: Loeb Classical Library, 1979), vol. 3 p. 247
  4. ^ Procopius, De Bellis VI.21.40. Translated by H.B. Dewing, Procopius (Cambridge: Loeb Classical Library, 1979), vol. 4 p. 55
  5. ^ Jeffrey Richards, The Popes and the Papacy in the Early Middle Ages (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979), p. 247
  6. ^ Richards, Popes and the Papacy, p. 241