500 - 552

Photo of Totila

Icon of person Totila

Totila, original name Baduila (died 1 July 552), was the penultimate King of the Ostrogoths, reigning from 541 to 552 AD. A skilled military and political leader, Totila reversed the tide of the Gothic War, recovering by 543 almost all the territories in Italy that the Eastern Roman Empire had captured from his Kingdom in 540. A relative of Theudis, sword-bearer of Theodoric the Great and king of the Visigoths, Totila was elected king by Ostrogothic nobles in the autumn of 541 after King Witigis had been carried off prisoner to Constantinople. Totila proved himself both as a military and political leader, winning the support of the lower classes by liberating slaves and distributing land to the peasants. After a successful defence at Verona, Totila pursued and defeated a numerically superior army at the Battle of Faventia in 542 AD. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Totila has received more than 332,830 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Totila is the 1,240th most popular politician (up from 1,269th in 2019), the 506th most popular biography from Italy (up from 509th in 2019) and the 73rd most popular Italian Politician.

Totila was the last Ostrogothic king of Italy. He led the Ostrogoths in the Gothic War against the Byzantine Empire.

Memorability Metrics

  • 330k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 68.63

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 48

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.59

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.72

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among politicians, Totila ranks 1,240 out of 19,576Before him are Sveinn Björnsson, Elisabeth of France, Afonso V of Portugal, Mausolus, Alassane Ouattara, and Emperor Yingzong of Ming. After him are Mohammed V of Morocco, Emir Abdelkader, Juba II, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Casimir IV Jagiellon, and Saparmurat Niyazov.

Most Popular Politicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 500, Totila ranks 3Before him are Procopius, and Theodora. After him are Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Pope Vigilius, Peroz I, Basiliscus, Nonnus, Sigismund of Burgundy, Yazdegerd II, Ildico, and Gundobad. Among people deceased in 552, Totila ranks 1After him are Bumin Qaghan, Teia, and Menas of Constantinople.

Others Born in 500

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 552

Go to all Rankings

In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Totila ranks 506 out of 5,161Before him are Jacopo Peri (1561), Cornelius Nepos (-100), Pope Leo II (611), Pontormo (1494), Elena Ferrante (1943), and Pope Valentine (780). After him are Umberto Boccioni (1882), Pope Boniface III (540), Beatrice Portinari (1265), Monica Vitti (1931), Pope Conon (630), and Salvatore Adamo (1943).


Among politicians born in Italy, Totila ranks 73Before him are Brennus (-500), Octavia the Younger (-69), Gaius Gracchus (-154), Queen Paola of Belgium (1937), Francesco I Sforza (1401), and Berengar I of Italy (850). After him are Lucius Caesar (-17), Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia (1666), Trebonianus Gallus (206), Alcide De Gasperi (1881), Conrad IV of Germany (1228), and Lucullus (-118).