390 - 477
Ruler of the Vandals

Geiseric was the son of the King of the Vandals in Spain.

He recognized the tenuous position of his people in Spain and prepared the invasion of North Africa. He conquered Carthage from the Romans and established the first Germanic state on West Roman territory in North Africa.

The fleet of the Vandals dominated the Mediterranean, putting Rome which depended on grain imports from Africa under pressure. In 455 Geiseric invaded Italy and sacked Rome. The plundering of Rome gave name to the term 'Vandalism'.

After Geiseric's death the Vandal kdm weakened and it was destroyed in 534 by the Byzantine general Belisarius.

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