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Flavius Aetius
Possible relief of Aetius, although the sarcophagus has also been thought to depict Stilicho (d. 408 AD), and can be dated even earlier between 387 - 390 AD, during the reign of Theodosius I
Nickname Last of the Romans
Born c. 391 AD
Durostorum
Died September 21, 454 AD
Ravenna
Buried at Unknown, Possibly the Stilicho Sarcophagus
Allegiance Western Roman Empire
Service/branch Roman army
Years of service 405 - 454
Rank Magister Militum
Commands held Tribunis Partis Militaris
Cura Palatii
Magister Militum per Gallias
Comes et Magister Utriusque Militiae (Junior)
Comes et Magister Utriusque Militiae (Senior)
Magnificus vir Parens Patriciusque Noster
Consul
Battles/wars Siege of Arelate (426)
Frankish War of 428
Norican Campaign of 430
Siege of Arelate (431)
Frankish War of 432
Battle of Rimini
Visigothic War of 436
Burgundian Revolt of 435
Siege of Narbona (436)
Sack of Worms (436)
Battle of Mons Colubrarius
Battle of Vicus Helena
Battle of the Catalaunian Plains
Invasion of Italy (452)
Spanish Campaign of 453

Flavius Aetius (391 – 454), dux et patricius, commonly called simply Aetius or Aëtius, was a Roman general of the closing period of the Western Roman Empire. He was an able military commander and the most influential man in the Western Roman Empire for two decades (433 - 454). He managed policy in regard to the attacks of barbarian federates settled throughout the Western Roman Empire. Notably, he mustered a large Roman and allied (foederati) army to stop the Huns in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, ending the devastating Hunnic invasion of Attila in 451.

He has often been called "the last of the Romans". Edward Gibbon refers to him as "the man universally celebrated as the terror of Barbarians and the support of the Republic" for his alleged victory at the Catalaunian Plains.

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