Annun, 'King' of South-West Wales
(Born c.AD 355)
(Latin: Antonius; English: Anthony)

Annun was said to be one of the many sons of the Emperor Magnus Maximus who stayed with their British mother in Wales when their father left to impose his claims to Imperial rule on the Continent. There seems to have been a tradition that the British later recognised the rights of Maximus' sons. So Annun became a powerful man in South-West Wales during the late 4th century. Perhaps he become a decurion in Moridunum (Caermarthen), capital of the Civitas Demetarum.

Annun is called Dynod in some pedigrees and it has been suggested that he was called Antonius Donatus, having both a Latin and a British name. In the 11th century 'De Situ Brecheniauc', he is called Annun Ddu (the Black), King of Greece through confusion with the famous Mark Anthony who was Master of the Eastern Provinces for the Roman Republic, centred on Greece.

Annun may have just survived to the period when the Roman administration withdrew from Britain in AD 410. The high-esteem in which the local people held him, would appear to have enabled his son, Ednyfed, to establish a royal dynasty in the Dyfed area. Another son, Tudwal, inherited the area (Brycheiniog) around Garth Madrun (Talgarth).

Records of Anwn date back to the 10th century. He is generally considered apochryphal.


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