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Late Roman Warlords$
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Penny MacGeorge

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252442.001.0001

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(p.5) 1 Predecessors
Late Roman Warlords

Penny MacGeorge

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the rise of military generals to political power during the 4th century. These include Merobaudes, a German, possibly a Frank (in a position of power c.AD 375-88), who was magister peditum under Valentinian I; Stilicho (in power AD 394-408), who came into power not as a result of a military career but because of his relationship with Emperor Honorius' father Theodosius I, whose daughter he married; and Flavius Aetius, who fought his way to power in the AD 420s.

Keywords:   military generals, political power, Merobaudes, Stilicho, Flavius Aetius

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