Last Roman Emperor

Romulus Augustulus (461-476) was the last Roman Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. He was proclaimed emperor in 475 by his father, General Orestes, who had ousted Julius Nepos from the throne. His real name was Augustus, but he was derogatorily nicknamed “Augustulus”, meaning “little” or “petty”, since he was too young to be an emperor and his father was the real ruler of Rome. He reigned for only one year, until he himself was deposed in 476 by Odoacer, the chief of the Heruli, a germanic tribe, during a revolt in which his father was killed. However, Romulus Augustulus was not killed as he was pardoned and sent to live with his family.

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