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Romulus Augustus

last emperor of the Western Roman Empire

Flavius Romulus Augustus (461 – after 476), often called Romulus Augustulus ("little Augustus"), was a Western Roman Emperor. He reigned from 31 October, 475 to 4 September, 476 when Odoacer deposed him. The end of his rule is considered to be the end of the western part of the Roman Empire.

Romulus Augustus
Emperor of the
Western Roman Empire
Tremissis of Romulus Augustus
Reign31 October AD 475 – 4 September AD 476
Full nameRomulus Augustus[1]
Diedunknown, after AD 476
Place of deathunknown, probably Castellum Lucullanum
PredecessorJulius Nepos[2]
SuccessorOffice Abolished


  1. For a famous example, cf. Gibbon, p. 405.
  2. Nepos maintained a claim to the position until he was murdered in 480.

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