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Siege of Rome (472)

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Siege of Rome
Date472
Location
Result Victory to Ricimer
Belligerents
Supporters of Ricimer
Burgundians
Western Roman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Ricimer
Odoacer
Anthemius 
Strength
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Siege of Rome was fought between supporters of the Suebian warrior Ricimer and the Western Roman emperor Anthemius. Ricimer had previously established Anthemius as emperor, but later fell out with his nominee and attacked Rome. With the help of his Burgundian allies and the Germanic warrior Odoacer, Ricimer laid siege to Rome. After a five month siege and the defeat of a relief army from Gaul commanded by Bilimer, the city fell to Ricimer. Anthemius was killed, but Ricimer himself died shortly afterwards. Four years later, Odoacer established himself as King of Italy.

Sources

  • Jaques, Tony (2007). Dictionary of Battles and Sieges: P-Z. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0313335397.
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