January 5, 2010

Majorian, full name Julius Valerius Majorianus (5th century AD), Roman soldier, one of the transient emperors in the west (457-61) appointed by Ricimer. After a victory over the Vandals on the coast of Campania, 458, he defeated and then concluded an alliance with Theodoric the Visigoth in 460, and crossed the Pyrenees to join forces with the fleet he had concentrated at Carthagena.

But the Vandal king, by corrupting some of Majorian’s officers, succeeded in destroying this fleet. His defeat so prejudiced his military reputation that Ricimer forced Majorian to abdicate (461). He committed suicide a few days later.

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