The family was illustrious and wealthy, and claimed descent from Constantine.
Temple in Lives of Illustrious Persons (1714), 40.
When Ravenna is taken, and Vitigis carried into captivity, Jordanes almost exults in the fact that "the nobility of the Amals and the illustrious offspring of so many mighty men have surrendered to a yet more illustrious prince and a yet mightier general, whose fame shall not grow dim through all the centuries."
The premature death of this illustrious traveller is the more to be lamented because his vast knowledge died with him.
Of the explorers who made Bagamoyo the starting-point for their journeys to the interior of Africa, the most illustrious were Sir Richard Burton, J.