Domain of Soissons

Domain Of Soissons

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The Domain of Soissons, by later writers called the Kingdom of Soissons, Kingdom of Aegidius or the Kingdom of Syagrius, was a rump state of the Western Roman Empire in northern Gaul (present day France) for some 25 years during Late Antiquity.

The Domain of Soissons' evolution began when Emperor Majorian (457–461) appointed Aegidius as magister militum of the Gallic province. When Majorian lost his authority and his life to Ricimer in 461, Aegidius maintained his own rule in much of his province, creating a Roman rump state that came to be known as the Domain of Soissons. In the chaos of contemporary Gaul he maintained his power against Franks to his east and Visigoths to his south; his relations to the Romano-British of Brittany may have been friendly. Aegidius died in 464 or 465. His son Syagrius succeeded to the rule. In 486, Syagrius lost the Battle of Soissons to the Frank king Clovis I and the domain was thereafter under the control of the Franks.


The Domain of Soissons originated in the reign of the Western Emperor Majorian (457–461). Majorian appointed Aegidius to be magister militum of the Gallic provinces. The remaining Roman territory in Gaul in the northwest was connected the Roman possessions in the Auvergne, Provence and Languedoc by a small strip connecting it to Italy. During Majorian's reign, that corridor was annexed by the Germanic tribes now occupying Gaul, thus effectively cutting off Aegidius and his citizens from the...
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