Priscus Attalus

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

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Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Priscus Attalus, usurper of the Western Roman Empire

  • Name commonly known as: Priscus Attalus
  • Latin Roman Name: Priscus Attalus
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 409 and 414-415 against Honorius
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: Western Empire (394 - 476) which led to the disintegration of Roman authority and the Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Place of Birth: Greece
  • Place and Date of Death: 416 on the Lipari Islands
  • 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 Priscus Attalus
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Priscus Attalus from the following facts and information about his life. Priscus Attalus was a Greek who became twice Roman usurper (in 409 and in 414), against Emperor Honorius. The family of Priscus Attalus had moved to Italy under Valentinian I. Priscus Attalus was a senator in Rome, who served as Prefectus urbi in 409. Prefectus urbi meant the prefect of the city of Rome with all the powers needed to maintain order within the city. Priscus Attalus twice proclaimed emperor by the Visigoths twice, in order to impose their terms on the weak Emperor Honorius who resided in Ravenna. He held the title of emperor in Rome, during 409, and again in Bordeaux in 414. His two reigns ended when he was abandoned by the Visigoths.  Priscus Attalus was eventually captured by troops who were loyal to the Emperor Honorius. His capture led to deep humiliation when he was forced to participate in the triumph celebrated by Honorius in Rome in 416.  Honorius banished him to Lipara Islands where he died later that year - the cause of death was unknown.

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