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Free read Ô eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ô Ian Hughes Patricians and Emperors offers concise comparative biographies of the individuals who wielded power in the final decades of the Western Roman Empire from the assassination of Aetius in 454 to the death of Julius Nepos in 480 The book is divided into four parts The first sets the background to the period including brief h. Hughes has written three books on fifth century Rome ‘Stilicho The Vandal Who Saved Rome and ‘Aetius Attila's Nemesis’ both of which offer an decent introduction to ‘Patricians and Emperors The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire’‘Patricians and Emperors’ offers a clear and concise narrative of the final decades of the Western Roman Empire the period from the death of the magister militum Master of the Troops Aetius in 454 and when the West already lost Africa Spain and major parts of Gaul to the death of Odoacer the man ruling Italy until the Ostrogoths under Theoderic the Great took over power in Italy in 493The first part of the book sets the background to the period including brief histories of Stilicho 395 408 and Aetius 391 454 explaining the nature of the empire and the reasons for its declineAfter the dead of Aetius we enter the 4 decade period that tends to be reduced to a footnote in the history of the Roman Empire with mostly insignificant emperors the dates refer to their rule such as Petronius Maximus March 17th 455 – May 31st 455; murdered by the Roman mob; Avitus magister militium under Petronius Maximus proclaimed Emperor by the Visigoth king Theoderic II July 9th 455 – October 17th 456 deposed and later killed by Ricimer; Majorian April 457 – August 2nd 461 deposed by his troops and beheaded by Ricimer; Libius Severus November 461 – August 461 probably poisoned by Ricimer; Anthemius April 12th 467 – July 11th 472 executed by Ricimer; Olybrius son in law of Marcian appointed by Ricimer with the support of Pope Leo I July 11th 472 – November 2nd 472 natural causes; Glycerius March 473 – June 474 deposed by Julius Nepos to become Bishop of Salona; Julius Nepos nephew in law of the eastern Emperor Leo I June 474 – spring 480 deposed in Italy by Flavius Orestes a Roman general and politician of Pannonian ancestry who was briefly in control of the remnant Western Roman Empire in 475 and 476 Maintained as figurehead in Italy by Odoacer to his natural death in 480; Romulus Augustus son of Orestes not recognized by the Eastern Empire October 31st 475 – September 4th 476 deposed by Odoacer who ruled in the name of Julius Nepos 480Ricimer and OdoacerAs the list above shows Ricimer c 405 – August 18th 472 and Odoacer 433–493 dominated the last Roman emperors as ‘emperor makersmurderers’ and ‘puppet’ masters” It is common for a ‘puppet’ ruler to be kept isolated from events and surrounded by supporters of the ‘puppeteer’ a job well done by Ricimer and OcoacerHughes also points out the strong influence that Ricimer seems to have had on the Senate in Rome In fact Ricimer’s choices echoed the desires of the Senate and the citizens of Italy It is clear that at this time Ricimer was acting within the context of Senatorial politics which as always were focused upon the safety of Italy and the protection of their estates in Southern Gaul Ricimer also kept an eye on the events in Constantinople When on January 26th 457 the Emperor Marcian died on February 7th 457 the Eastern magister militum Aspar installed a man named Leo I ruled 457–474 as the new emperor in the East One of Leo’s first actions was to send messengers to Rome and on February 27th 457 Ricimer was appointed the new Western patricius and Majorian and Ricimer were both made magister euitum Leo I did not however recognized Majorian as the Emperor of West possibly because he intended to reign alone After the disposal of Romulus Augustus in 476 Odoacer became King of Italy as a viceroy of Zeno empero

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Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire Free download ¶ 8 å Patricians and Emperors offers concise comparative biographies of the individuals who wielded power in the final decades of the Western Roman Empire from the assassination of Aetius in 454 to the death of Ju Istories of Stilicho 395 408 and Aetius 425 454 explaining the nature of the empire and the reasons for its decline The second details the lives of Ricimer 455 472 and his great rival Marcellinus 455 468 by focusing on the stories of the numerous emperors that Ricimer raised and deposed The third deals with the Patrician. A scholarly analysis of the fragmentary written source material and archaeological evidence from AD 454 to 494 during which the 500 year old empire collapsed and gave way to able commanders among the Goths Hughes combines scanty and sometimes contradictory information to study the outstanding individuals involved and give a coherent account of events overwhelming the empire He does this in a balanced fashion exposing his reasoning for each seuence of events and conceding that the evidence is susceptible of other interpretationsI now have the feeling historians of this period must have of peering closer and closer and itching to adjust the focus sharply

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Patricians and Emperors The Last Rulers of the Western Roman EmpireS Gundobad 472 3 and Orestes 475 6 as well as explaining how the barbarian general Odoacer came to power in 476 The final part outlines and analyses the Fall of the West and the rise of barbarian kingdoms in France Spain and ItalyThis is a very welcome book to anyone seeking to make sense of this chaotic but crucial peri. This book follows a chronological order of the period covered which I found to be a nice way of going through the book The constant shifting between the East and the West and the failure of the Senate to see reality leads to the final resultThe actions of the Vandals and Goths are fully explained The book explains the yearly actions and results and is a very good read I fully enjoyed this book and would recommend it