Majorian

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Majorian

(Julius Maiorianus) (məjôr`ēən), d.461, Roman emperor of the West (457–61). He became emperor after he and RicimerRicimer
, d. 472, Roman general of the tribe of the Suebi. After winning (456) two victories over the Vandals, he allied with the senate and deposed (456) Emperor Avitus. Thereafter the true ruler of Italy, he erected a series of puppet emperors.
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 had deposed Avitus. An able and honest ruler, Majorian enacted laws to protect the people from unfair taxation and to preserve the ancient monuments of Rome. He attempted to recover the provinces but was defeated (460) in his expedition against GaisericGaiseric
or Genseric
, c.390–477, king of the Vandals and Alani (428–77), one of the ablest of the barbarian invaders of the Roman Empire. He led (429) his people from Spain into Africa, possibly at the request of Boniface, and quickly subdued a large
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. Ricimer, jealous of Majorian's strength, deposed him and had him murdered. Majorian's death was the beginning of the disintegration of the West Roman Empire.