||Chlogio Merovingian was a member of aristocracy in ancient Europe.|
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The 7th century Chronicle of Fredegar described him as son of Theudemer, a Frank who really existed, whereas the anonymous Liber Historiæ Francorum, an anonymous History of the Franks, which is sometimes more reliable than Fredegar, calls Chlodio's father Faramund, who it describes in turn as a son of Marcomer, another Frank who had really existed.
There are also other genealogical manuscripts which mention Faramund as Chlodio's father. Faramund is only known from texts describing him as Chlodio's father.
Old sources like Gregory of Tours name Chlodio as a relative of Childeric, but not as father. The genealogies explained by Renard name him as grandfather.
According to Gregory of Tours, he lived in the castle of "Dispargum" (a place now unknown, though there are many proposals), in Thoringia". Unlike Thuringia in Germany this place is described as being on the Roman side of the Rhine. This is often interpreted as a misunderstanding of the Roman Civitas Tungrorum, the predecessor of the medieval diocese of Liège, where Franks had been allowed to settle, at least in the north of the region in Toxandria, since the 4th century, in the time of emperor Julian the apostate.
From his base in Dispargum, Chlodio attacked Romanized populations in the so-called Silva Carbonarum, a region south of Brussels, and then seized Tournai and later Cambrai. His kingdom apparently eventually reached the Somme river.
Gregory of Tours has only a short passage concerning Chlodio in his book. (Perhaps the fact that it comes immediately after a comment about Theudemer led to the connection made by later authors.):
Chlodio apparently had a mixed relationship with the famous Roman military commander, Flavius Ætius, sometimes fighting on his side (for example possibly in the fight against Attila the Hun) and sometimes in conflict (for example when Ætius, accompanied by the future emperor Marjorian, attacked a Frankish wedding party in Artois, as celebrated by Sidonius Apollinarius.
He died about 450.
It's the Chronicle of Fredegar (c. 660s), that first reports the tall tale about Chlodio's wife getting impregnated by a creature from the sea, and by implication being the supposed father of Merovech.
Chlodio on Wikipedia 
Marcomer on Wikipedia 
Cawley, C. (2006). "Early Frankish leaders in Gaul." Medieval Lands v.3. fmg.ac
Reimitz, H. (2015). History, Frankish Identity and the Framing of Western Ethnicity, 550-850, (pp.169). Cambridge University Press. eBook.
Kurth, G. (1909). The Franks. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved September 21, 2015 from New Advent. Web.
R. P. Anselme, Histoire de la maison royale de France et des grands officiers de la Couronne, Paris: Estienne Loyson, 1674; Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, Book 2, chapter 9; Image: A medal by Jean Dassier (Medaille Histoire chronologique des rois de France: en 70 jetons).
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According to Wikiipedia, there were 3 people named, Chlodowig ... but only 1 -- "Clovis I" -- lived near this time, during late 4th/early 5th century. ... "Clovis became the first king of all Franks in 508, after he conquered Cologne, capital of the Ripuarian Franks."
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