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Faustus Naevius Caudex
Faustus Naevius Caudex (Augustus)

Statue of Faustus, XXI Rapax Legion headquarters


Magister Militum (Western Roman Empire)
In office
468 AD – 475 AD
Succeeded by
Ricimer

Born
March 430 AD
Rome
Died
August 475 AD
Imperial Palace, Rome
Occupation
General, Statesmen
Religion
Germanic Christianity (Arian)
Ethnicity
Roman

Faustus Naevius Caudex (March 430 AD to August 475 AD) was a Roman Magister Militum from 468 to 475 in the Western Roman Empire. Faustus comes from the prominent plebeian family of Naevius, the Caudex branch of the Naevii were renown for their politicians and statesmen. Tiberius Naevius Caudex was Consul of the Roman Republic in 103 BC and again in 99 BC. Tiberius's son, Tiberius the Younger was Consul in 50 BC and 49 BC. However the Caudex branch achieved powerful acclaim as Tribunes having fifty Tribunes hail from the Caudex branch of Naevii. Faustus was born in March of 430 near Rome.

Faustus became involved studying Roman law which perpetuated his interest in the Republican movement which had grown in Rome's underworld as the Empire continued to slip under the feat of the Emperor's and their various controllers. Faustus soon came to realize that it was not possible to restore the Republic through the Senate, which had largely become a rubber stamp for whatever the Emperor had decreed. Faustus enlisted in the Roman Army and his rise was accelerated due to his keen tactical mind and his "grand strategy".

Faustus's rise was eventually ended when Romulus Augustulus had him killed by his barbarian General, Odacer. Odacer eventually went on to dispose Augustulus and supplanted the Western Roman Empire with the Kingdom of Italy. Faustus is a rather controversial figure due to his religion, while campaigning in Dacia against the Marcomanii and the Chatii, Faustus met Arnulf, the Bishop of Lupodunum a fierce Arian Christian. Faustus and Arnulf had many conversations even becoming part of Faustus's court. Arnulf eventually converted Faustus from Roman Catholicism to Arianism. Faustus's conversion wasn't publicized until the Medieval period when the Roman Catholic Church declared him a heretic after Pope Anastasius II declared him to be a Saint.

Early lifeEdit

Iberian campaignEdit

Germanic campaignEdit

Return to ItalyEdit

Death and legacyEdit

Military offices
Preceded by
Avitus
Magister Militum
Western Roman Empire

468-475
Succeeded by
Ricimer
Preceded by
Lucius Didius Caecus
Legate of Legio XXI Rapax
450-468
Legion disbanded

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