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Syagrius was the son of Aegidius (the last magister militum per Gallias, who had founded a "kingdom" with Soissons at its centre). Syagrius governed this varying area for nearly twenty years until 486, when he found himself in the way of the territorial expansion of the Frankish kingdom of Clovis I

Having been defeated at his capital, he made the mistake of escaping to Alaric II, the Visigoth, based at Toulouse, but instead of refuge he found himself repatriated to Clovis, and was murdered in 487.

His brief regime is of interest principally because he represented the last vestige of native Gallo-Roman[?] authority in Gaul: in fact he was known to the barbarians as the "King of the Romans".

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