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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

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.


  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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