Libius Severus

Libius Severus

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Flavius Libius Severus SerpentiusThe nomen "Flavius" is attested in a surviving papyrus scroll from Egypt, 462;jsessionid=D43D2172E6A5E08C1E4AD3DF76DBC021?XSL.Style=printThe cognomen "Serpentius" is attested in the Chronica Paschale and by Theophanes Confessor (AM 5955) (Lucania, c. 420 – 15 August 465) was Western Roman Emperor from November 19, 461 to his death.

A Roman senator from LucaniaCassiodorus, Chronicle; Chronica Gallica of 511, 636. Severus was one of the last Western Emperors, emptied of any effective power (the real power was in the hands of the powerful magister militum Ricimer), and unable to solve the many problems affecting the Empire; the sources describe him as a pious and religious man.Laterculus imperatorum.


Rise to the throne

On August 7, 461, the magister militum (Commander in Chief) of the Western Roman army, Ricimer, had Emperor Majorian killed, thus leaving the western throne empty: a struggle for the succession thus ensured, with the Eastern Emperor, Leo I the Thracian, the King of the Vandals, Gaiseric, and Ricimer himself involved. The Eastern Emperor traditionally had the right to accept his "colleague," for the Empire was nominally still united. Ricimer needed a weak Emperor on the throne, in order to control him: his barbaric...
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