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Ricimer(rĭs`ĭmər), 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 AvitusAvitus
, d. 456?, Roman emperor of the West (455–56). He was proclaimed emperor in Gaul with the support of the Visigoths but was deposed by Ricimer. He was elected bishop of Placentia but died soon afterward.
..... Click the link for more information. . Thereafter the true ruler of Italy, he erected a series of puppet emperors. The most able was MajorianMajorian
(Julius Maiorianus) , d.461, Roman emperor of the West (457–61). He became emperor after he and Ricimer 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.
..... Click the link for more information. , whom Ricimer deposed and killed. Ricimer's power was strengthened by good relations with the East Roman Empire and with the senate.