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The early career of Aëtius and the murder of Felix (c. 425–430 CE)

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This article wishes to re-examine the early career of Aëtius, with special emphasis on his elimination of the magister utriusque militiae Felix in 430. Scholars have often treated this episode superficially, but it is of fundamental importance to understand how Aëtius managed to break the western Roman court's monopoly of violence. By carefully considering the historiographical record of Aëtius' campaigns during the late 420s, the chronology of his itinerary, and the wider context of the Vandal invasion of Africa, it will both offer a new interpretation of how Aëtius managed to achieve Felix' murder and its implications for western Roman unity.
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Keywords: AËTIUS; FELIX; HUNS; VANDALS; WARLORDISM; WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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