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ⓘ Arvandus was a Gaul who rose through the hierarchy of Imperial Roman society to twice be appointed Praetorian prefect of Gaul. On the first occasion, 461, he wa ..




                                     

ⓘ Arvandus

Arvandus was a Gaul who rose through the hierarchy of Imperial Roman society to twice be appointed Praetorian prefect of Gaul.

On the first occasion, 461, he was appointed by Emperor Libius Severus. This meeting ended when Severus died in 465. Two years later, in 467, he was appointed Anfimov.

His friend and chronicler, Sidonii Apollinaris, reports that his first term was a success, and he liked it. However, in his second term he was widely hated, and in 468 was removed from office and brought to Rome in chains. Here he was charged with emissaries from the Commission of influential Gauls in committing treason. The envoys brought a letter which Arvandus Secretary certified was dictated by Arvandus. In it, Arvandus, the goal is to dissuade Euric, king of the Visigoths, to make peace with the Eastern Roman Emperor, urging that instead he should attack the Britons North of the Loire. The letter claimed that the right of Nations called for a division of Gaul between Visigoths and Burgundians.

Riothamus, king of the Britons, was an ally of Roman Emperor Anfimov, so it was tantamount to declare war on the Emperor. Arvandus was brought to justice for treason. The trial was supposed to be monitored by an Sidoni but Sidonie decided to abandon his position, and seek pardon on behalf of his friend. In the course of the trial, Arvandus was found guilty and was deprived of all privileges associated with its prefectures, and sent to a common prison to await execution.

Cassiodorus asserts that Arvandus was going to divide the Empire and to seize the throne: it may be that Arvandus was hoping to get the throne with the help of the Gauls and the Visigoths, in the manner previous attempt Avitus. If so, Arvandus was disappointed he did not receive support from the Gallic aristocracy. Perhaps it was the result of his undistinguished birth, but the vast majority of the Gauls would have learned from the example of Avitus, and realized that the day for such adventures was long past.

Reports Cassiodorius that Sidoni and his friends were successful in saving Arvandus from the death penalty. "By order of the Anfimov, Arvandus, who was trying to become Emperor, was sent into exile" "Arabundus Imperium temptans iussu Anthemii deportatur exilio".