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Olibrius

(An). The wrong man in the wrong place. Olibrius was a Roman senator, proclaimed emperor by surprise in 472, but he was wholly unsuited for the office.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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