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Anagast or Anagastes (fl. 466–470) was a magister militum in the army of the Eastern Roman Empire. He was probably a Goth, as his name (as well as that of his father, Arnegisc(clus)) seems to be of Gothic origin. He was sent to negotiate with Dengizich, a son of Attila, when the western wing of the Huns invaded the empire with the intention to finally conquer its capital Constantinople and had already reached the Danube. However, Dengizich refused to negotiate with him and demanded to speak directly with the emperor Leo I. The western wing of the Huns was defeated and Dengizich was killed in 469.

In today's Montenegro still exist old Anagastum town (under the modern name Nikšić), but we don't know yet which Anagast is linked with.

Further readingEdit

  • Hyun Jin Kim: The Huns, Rome and the Birth of Europe, Cambridge University Press, 2013, ISBN 9781107009066, pp. 85-86.
  • John Robert Martindale, Arnold Hugh Martin Jones; John Morris: Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Volume 2, Cambridge University Press, 1980, ISBN 0521201594, pp. 75-76.