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Flavius Aetius

Roman General Flavius Aetius

Profession: Roman General

Roman Empire

Why Famous: 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. He has often been called "the last of the Romans".

Notably, he mustered a large Roman and allied army to stop the Huns in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, ending the devastating Hunnic invasion of Attila in 451.

Birthplace: Durostorum

Died: September 21, 454
Cause of Death: Assassination

Historical Events

  • 0451-09-20 Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting Hun invasion of Roman Gaul

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