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It was not until December that Majorian was declared Augustus at Ravenna. The new emperor had served under Aetius and was brought back from retirement by Valentinian III, after Aetius’ murder, to help reconcile the latter’s troops. As early as he was being talked of as a potential emperor, and, although he worked closely with Ricimer against Avitus, Majorian was clearly no mere puppet of the Italian army’s generalissimo (unlike many of his successors). The delay between Avitus’ deposition and Majorian’s election was taken up with delicate negotiations, winning support for his candidacy not only in the west but also from Marcellinus, the army commander in Dalmatia, and from Constantinople.
The exact course of events is difficult to reconstruct, but, by the early s at the latest, Attila’s composite empire had dissolved into its constituent parts; Gepids, Goths, Rugi, Heruls and Sueves had all asserted their independence. 40 This dramatic Hunnic collapse brought in its wake a final crisis for the Roman empire in western Europe. . The most immediate effect of the collapse of the Huns was that the emperor Valentinian III, thirty-five years old in , felt no further need of Aetius.
65 Sidonius: pp. ‒ below. So, too, men in Spain such as Hydatius who had previously looked to the centre for help: see pp. , above. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 . , ‒ The first to grasp the point was Euric, king of the Visigoths. After the Vandals defeated Anthemius, he immediately launched a series of wars which, by , had brought under his control much of Gaul and Spain (see ch. (Collins), pp. – below). There is a striking description of his decision to launch these campaigns in the Getica of Jordanes: Becoming aware of the frequent changes of [western] Roman emperor, Euric, king of the Visigoths, pressed forward to seize Gaul on his own authority.
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