The term Gallo-Roman describes the Romanized culture of Gaul (modern France) under the rule of the Roman Empire. This was characterized by the Gaulish adoption or adaptation of Roman mores and way of life in a uniquely Gaulish context.
Roman Gaul provided many high government and church officials during the Late Empire. After the collapse of central rule in the 5th century CE, Aegidius and his son Syagrius preserved a rump state in northern Gaul, following a policy of alliance with the Franks. Syagrius declined to accept the authority of Odoacer, who deposed the last Western Emperor in 476. The Eastern Emperor Zeno recognized the authority of Odoacer rather than that of Syagrius. Ten years later, in 486, the king of the Franks defeated Syagrius and annexed the Gallo-Roman state.
Prominent Gallo-Romans retained their high status under the Franks, typically serving as Christian bishops of key cities. Within a few generations they were fully assimilated by the Franks.
The goal of this project is to resolve duplicates, standardize naming conventions, and ensure the quality of the profiles in the family trees of the Gallo-Romans.
- Apollinaris, praefectus praetorio Galliarum (337-340)
- Thaumastus, praefectus praetorio Galliarum (425-455)
- Aegidius, magister militum per Gallias (c450-464)
- Tonantius Ferreolus, praefectus praetorio Galliarum (451-?)
- Eparchius Avitus, Western Emperor (455-456)
- Syagrius, magister militum per Gallias (464-486)
- Tonantius Ferreolus, Gallo-Roman senator (511-517)
- Sidonius Apollinaris, poet, diplomat, bishop
Connections to Other Projects
Many Gallo-Romans have speculative ancestral connections to Ancient Rome.
Some Gallo-Romans have connections to Roman Britain.
The Gallo-Roman nobility was assimilated into the Carolingians.
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Beyond a few core relationships, the extended genealogies of the Gallo-Romans are speculative. The central sources are the works of Christian Settipani. Wikipedia says, "Settipani specialises in the genealogy and prosopography of elites in Europe and the Near East during the early Middle Ages and earlier."
- Les Ancêtres de Charlemagne (1989)
- Nos ancêtres de l'Antiquité (1991)
- Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale (2000)