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Butheric (German language: Butherich; Latin language: Buthericus; ? - 390) was a Roman general of Gothic descent. Under the reign of emperor Theodosius I, Butheric was stationed in Thessalonica as a magister militum. In 390, Butheric was murdered by the rebellious populace after having arrested a popular homosexual chariot racer. In retaliation, Theodosius authorized his Gothic soldiers to punish the people of city, in what is known as the Massacre of Thessalonica.


  • Alexander Demandt: Magister militum. In: Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (RE). Supplementband XII, Stuttgart 1970, Sp. 553–790, hier 717.

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