Exile Case

Here you will find information about an individual exile case and links which enable you to view exile locations on a map as well as visualise the relationships between people and groups using a network diagram.
Person/Group Eparchius Avitus (PLRE 2, Avitus 5, 106-8) ( view the social network for this person / group )
Exile Date 17/10/456 (from: 17/10/456 to: --/--/--)
Exile Date Notes died soon after deposition
Sources Auctarium Prosperi Hauniensis 456 (MGH auct. ant. 9: 304); Hydatius Lemicus, chronica 183 (s.a. 456); Chronica Gallica 511, no. 628; Theophanes, AM 5948; John of Antioch frg. 225 (Mariev 412); Jordanes, Getica 240 (MGH AA 5:119); Victor of Tunnuna, chronica 456 (MGH AA 11.2:186); Gregorius of Tours, historiae 2.11 (MGH SRM 1.1:61); Evagrius, historia ecclesiastica 2.7; Auctarium Prosperi Hauniensis, s.a. 456;

Locations view exile locations

Location of exile's previous office
Location exiled from Placentia [Piacenza]
Location exiled to Placentia [Piacenza]
Location(s) arrived at Placentia [Piacenza]
Date of arrival after 17/10/456 (from: 17/10/456 to: --/--/--)
Relationship to location alien place
Type of location city
Reason for leaving n/a
Location(s) exile returned to
Location of office after return

Activities in Exile

Activities Related to Doctrine
Died in exile? yes
Reason for death
Writings in Exile unknown

Legal details

Threat only no
Refuge from judicial proceedings yes
Consequence of asylum no
Offenses exiled for/accused of Usurpation
Legal type of exile unknown
Additional punishments
Intended duration permanent
Actual duration permanent
Notes on core legal details according to Gregogy of Tours he was trying to flee to the Church of Julianus Avernus the martyr (unidentified) to avoid prosecution by the senate, but died on way.
Returned? no
Reason for return
Deposed by synod? no
Synod deposed by
Returned by synod? no
Synod returned by

Religious status, office and affiliation

Religious status before exile lay
Religious status during exile ??
Religious status after return n/a
Clerical or ascetic office before exile
Clerical or ascetic office during exile bishop
Clerical or ascetic office after return n/a
Enforced rank change? yes
Notes on clerical and ascetic office he was deposed as emperor
Religious affiliation before exile
Religious affiliation during exile
Religious affiliation after return
Died in exile? yes
Reason for death


Venerated as a saint? No
Date (from: --/--/-- to: --/--/--)
Cult site

Exile Relationships: Interactions

    Eusebius of Milan

  • Interaction Date 456 (from: --/--/-- to: --/--/--)
    Interaction Location
    Office Bishop
    Religious Affiliation (at time of relationship with exile)
    Religious Status (at time of relationship with exile) cleric
    Relationship Quality support
    Responsible for rank change
  • Flavius Ricimer

  • Interaction Date 17/10/456 (from: 17/10/456 to: --/--/--)
    Interaction Location Placentia [Piacenza]
    Office magister militum (west)
    Religious Affiliation (at time of relationship with exile) Arian
    Religious Status (at time of relationship with exile) lay
    Relationship Quality conflict
    Notes implied but not clearly attested that Ricimer deposed Avitus
    Responsible for exile (or exile threat) Responsible for rank change
    Yes Yes