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Illustration of Agila I at Biblioteca Nacional de España

Agila I (also Achila, Akhila, Aquila, or Agil) was Visigothic King of Hispania and Septimania (549–554). During his reign, in 551, a rival to the throne, Athanagild, arranged that Eastern Roman emperor Justinian I should send a Roman force from Gaul to seize lands in southern Hispania, forming the province of Spania. In 554 Justinian's armies took Andalusia and Granada, leading to much rejoicing by the local people, who were mostly Hispano-Romans.

In Hispania at this time, the Visigoths still hadn't won the hearts and minds of their supposed subjects. Indeed, in most respects, the Kingdom of the Visigoths consisted only of the Visigothic populace; the Hispano-Romans pledged their fealty to Imperial Rome. This was despite the weakness of Rome's power, particularly in the west.

During the conflict, King Agila was defeated and killed near Seville. Athanagild then became king of Visigothic Hispania.

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Theudigisel
King of the Visigoths
549 – 554
Succeeded by
Athanagild

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