Theodoric the Great (c. 445 - 526)

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King of the Ostrogoths (471-526), who ruled Italy (493-526).

He defeated Odoacer in 493 and established an Ostrogothic kingdom with its capital at Ravenna, ensuring peace by religious toleration and marriage alliances with the other barbarian kingdoms. His chief minister was Boethius. However, territorial expansion brought conflict with the Frankish king Clovis and his death left Italy leaderless and ripe for Byzantine annexation.
 
 

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