Flavius Ardabur Aspar (c. 400  471) was an Eastern Roman patrician and magister militum ("master of soldiers") of Alanic-Gothic descent.[1] As the general of a Germanic army in Roman service,[2][3][4][5] Aspar exerted great influence on the Eastern Roman Emperors for half a century, from the 420s to his death in 471, over Theodosius II, Marcian and Leo I, who, in the end, had him killed. His death led to the ending of the Germanic domination of Eastern Roman policy.[2]

A detail of the Missorium of Aspar, depicting Aspar and his elder son Ardabur (c. 434).