People - Ancient Rome: Stilicho Born Flavius Stilicho was a high-ranking general, Patrician and Consul of the Western Roman Empire.
Stilĭcho in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
The son of a Vandal leader, who became one of the most
distinguished generals of Theodosius I., on whose death (A.D.
395) he became the real ruler of the West under the emperor
Honorius. It was he who defeated Alaric at the battle of
Pollentia (403 A.D.) and thus saved the Western Empire from
the Visigoths. In 405 he won a great victory over Radagaisus,
who had led a host of barbarians into Italy. His importance as
a soldier is seen in the fact that only three months after his
death, Alaric and his hosts were thundering at the gates of
Rome. He was put to death at Ravenna in 408 (Zosim. bks. iv.,
Stilicho in Roman Biography
Stili-cho, [Gr. ZtiMxoh ; Fr. Stilicon, ste'le'k6N',]
(Flavius,) an eminent commander of the Roman armies,
was a son of a Vandal officer. He rose rapidly in the
reign of Theodosius, and was sent as ambassador to
Persia in 384 a.d., at which date he was a young man.
On his return he married Serena, a niece of Theodosius
I., and became commander-in-chief of the army. He
found a rival and dangerous enemy in Rufinus, the chief
minister of Theodosius. In 394 Theodosius appointed
Stilicho guardian of his young son Honoiius, to whom
he gave the Western Empire. Rufinus at the same time
was chief minister of Arcadius, Emperor of the East.
After the death of Theodosius, (395,) Stilicho ruled
with unlimited authority at Rome. He marched against
the Goths, who had invaded Thrace, and who were
aided by the treacherous intrigues of Rufinus. This
rival was removed by assassination in 395 A.n. Stilicho
drove Alaric out of the Peloponnesus in 396 A.D. ; but
his victorious progress was checked by the jealousy of
Arcadius, who made a treaty with Alaric and took him
into his own service. The war was renewed by Alaric, who
invaded Italy about 402. Stilicho gained a decisive
victory over him at Pollentia (or Polentia) in 403, soon
after which the Goths retired from Italy. It is stated
that he formed an alliance with Alaric against Arcadius,
with a design to make himself master of both the
Eastern and Western Empires. In 406 he defeated a
host of barbarians who invaded Northern Italy under
Radagaisus. The enemies of Stilicho excited the fears
and suspicion of Honorius against him, and procured
an order for his death. He was massacred at Ravenna
in 408 A.D.
" De Laudibus Stilichonis:" Gibbon, "History
„Jh£ Tjecll -e a"d Fall of the Roman Empire;" C. F. Schulzbl
F. Stilicho em Wallenstein der Vorzeit," 1805; Ln Beau,
Nouvelle Biogiaphie Gdmirale."
Stilicho in Wikipedia
Flavius Stilicho (occasionally written as Stilico) (ca. 359 – August 22, 408) was a high-ranking general (magister militum),
Patrician and Consul of the Western Roman Empire, notably of semi-barbarian birth.
Stilicho was the son of a Vandal father and a Roman mother. Despite his father's origins there is little to suggest that Stilicho
considered himself anything other than a Roman, and he was probably not Arian like many of Germanic Christians and probably Nicene
Orthodox because of his high rank within the empire. Most emperors, being Catholic/Orthodox, would have not trusted the Empire's
security to an Arian, and Stilicho rose in rank under Theodosius I, who declared Nicene Christianity the official religion of the