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History, Facts and Information about Olybrius

The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Olybrius who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. Read about the life of Olybrius who can be described or remembered as:

 "Pawn of Ricimer, who died of dropsy..."

Short Biography about the life of Olybrius
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all in the life of Olybrius, Emperor of the Western Roman Empire

  • Name commonly known as: Olybrius
  • Latin Roman Name: Dominus Noster Flavius Anicius Olybrius Augustus
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: July 472 - 23 October 472
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: Western Empire (394 - 476) which led to the disintegration of Roman authority and the Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Olybrius was Anthemius
  • Family connections / Genealogy
    • Father: Anicius
    • Married: Placidia, daughter of Valentinian III
    • Children: Anicia Juliana
  • Place and Date of Death: October 23, 472
  • Succeeded by Glycerius
  • For the names of the next Roman emperors in the East and the West of the Empire refer to the Timeline of Roman Emperors

Interesting facts about the life of Olybrius
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Olybrius from the following facts and information about his life. Olybrius was an ambitious man with excellent connections. After the sack of Rome in 455 by the Vandal king Geiseric  Olybrius fled to Constantinople. He was appointed Consul in 464 and then married Placidia who was the daughter of Emperor Valentinian III and Empress Eudoxia. Leo I,  the Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, who was based in Constantinople, tried to control Italian affairs through Ricimer, who was a military leader and the grandson of Wallia, king of the Visigoths. By 11 July 472  Ricimer had taken Rome and the previous emperor Anthemius was beheaded. Ricimer then appointed Flavius Anicius Olybrius as the next emperor. Ricimer, the man behind so many of the recent emperors, died in August 472 of a malignant fever. Three months later on 2 November 472 Olybrius died of dropsy.

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