(c. 390–477 ad)
King of the Vandals from 428. An Arian Christian, he was ousted by the Goths from his lands in Spain and took his entire nation of 80,000 across to North Africa in 429. He besieged Hippo just after the death of Augustine of Hippo. Carthage fell ten years later and from there he declared an independent kingdom. Three times he defeated the Roman armies. With a fleet he took Sicily and Sardinia. Rome nicknamed the campaign the “Fourth Punic war”. In 455 he took Rome and indulged in a fortnight of looting. Fleets sent against the Vandals in 457 and 468 were defeated, and, at his death Genseric was in possession of all of his conquered territories.
Subjects: World History.