Mallobaudes or Mellobaudes was a 4th-century Frankish king who also held the Roman title of comes domesticorum. In 354 he was a tribunus armaturarum[1] in the Roman army in Gaul, where he served under Silvanus, who usurped power in 355. Mallobaudes tried unsuccessfully to intervene on his behalf.[clarification needed] Appointed comes domesticorum by Gratian, he was second-in-command of the army in Gaul in 378 when he defeated the Alemannic tribes under King Priarius at Battle of Argentovaria (near modern Colmar) according to Ammianus Marcellinus.[2] In 380 he killed Macrian, king of the Bucinobantes and Roman ally, who had invaded Frankish territory. During the usurpation of Maximus, Mallobaudes was killed shortly after the assassination of the emperor Gratian.[3]


  1. ^ A Supplement to Mr. Chambers' Cyclopedia vol I. London. 1753. p. 211. Retrieved Mar 16, 2021. Commander of two schools of soldiers in the emperor's retinue called the Armatura Seniores, and Armatura Juniores.
  2. ^ Ammianus Marcellinus, 'The Later Roman Empire (A.D.354-378)', trans. Walter Hamilton, Penguin Books, 1986
  3. ^ Gibbon, Edward. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. ch. 27.


  • Ammianus Marcellinus, 'The Later Roman Empire (A.D.354-378), Book 31.10.2', trans. Walter Hamilton, Penguin Books, 1986.


  • Herwig Wolfram, The Roman Empire and Its Germanic Peoples, University of California Press 1997, ISBN 0-520-08511-6, pp. 65ff.
  • Thomas F. X. Noble, From Roman Provinces To Medieval Kingdoms, Routledge 2006, ISBN 0-415-32741-5, pp. 115ff.