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Vitiges (also known as Vitigis, Witiges or Wittigis) (died 542) was king of Ostrogothic Italy from 536 to 540. He succeeded to the throne of Italy in the early stages of the Gothic War of 535–554, as Belisarius had quickly captured Sicily the previous year and was in southern Italy at the head of the forces of Justinian I, the Eastern Roman Emperor. Vitiges was the husband of Queen Amalasuntha's only surviving child, Matasuntha; therefore, his royal legitimacy was based on this marriage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vitiges has received more than 128,549 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Vitiges is the 2,165th most popular politician (down from 1,785th in 2019), the 778th most popular biography from Italy (down from 672nd in 2019) and the 149th most popular Italian Politician.

Vitiges is most famous for being the last king of the Ostrogoths, and for being defeated by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in the Battle of Ravenna.

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Among politicians, Vitiges ranks 2,165 out of 15,577Before him are Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Talal of Jordan, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, Rajendra Prasad, Qutuz, and Volodymyr Zelensky. After him are Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Töregene Khatun, King Zhou of Shang, Tariq Aziz, Muhammad I Tapar, and Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

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Among people born in 475, Vitiges ranks 3Before him are Dionysius Exiguus and Clotilde. After him is Tribonian. Among people deceased in 542, Vitiges ranks 1After him are Tribonian and Caesarius of Arles.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Vitiges ranks 778 out of 4,668Before him are Alexius of Rome (400), Donatella Versace (1955), Scholastica (480), Aldo Rossi (1931), Giacomo Balla (1871), and Lodovico Ferrari (1522). After him are Francesco Cavalli (1602), Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749), Pope Leo V (870), Lucius Cornelius Cinna (-135), Ferruccio Busoni (1866), and Charles Martel of Anjou (1271).


Among politicians born in Italy, Vitiges ranks 149Before him are Pupienus (170), Vannozza dei Cattanei (1442), Marcus Claudius Tacitus (200), Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este (1787), Robert I, Duke of Parma (1848), and Manfred, King of Sicily (1232). After him are Lucius Cornelius Cinna (-135), Charles Martel of Anjou (1271), Peter, King of Hungary (1011), Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1671), Herod Agrippa II (28), and Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary (1776).