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Wallia was the king of the Visigoths from 415 to 419. He became king when Athaulf was assassinated in 415.

Wallia made peace with emperor Honorius and accepted a treaty with the Roman Empire. Wallia returned Honorius' sister Galla Placidia to him, and in return Wallia was granted Aquitaine in 417 as a region where the Visigoths would be based as foederati. He established his court in Toulouse, which became the Visigothic capital for the rest of the fifth century.

In 418 he honoured the alliance by invading Spain, where his army destroyed the Siling Vandals and so reduced the numbers Alans living there that the survivors placed themselves under the rule of Gunderic, king of the Asding Vandals.

Wallia earned a great reputation as warrior and was known as a prudent ruler.

Some historical sources say that he was related to Alaric only by marriage.

He was succeeded by Alaric's illegitimate son Theodorid. Wallia's daughter was the mother of Ricimer.

Preceded by:
Athaulf
King of the Visigoths Followed by:
Theodorid
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