Julius Nepos

Emperor of western Roman Empire | Royal

Lived from 430 to 480 AD

Julius Nepos was Roman Emperor of the West from 474 to 475 and then only de jure until he died in 480. With the support of the Eastern Empire, Nepos overthrew his predecessor without a fight and proclaimed himself western emperor in 474. The highest-ranking roman general Orestes turned his forces against Nepos in  475, forcing him to flee by ship to Dalmatia. Orestes son Romulus was crowned as Emperor in Nepos's absence, but never fully accepted by all provinces of the Empire. Nepos never relinquished his imperial title and sought a compromise with the barbarian king Odoacer who deposed Romulus. Odoacer ambiguously recognized his claim but refused him any role in government outside of Dalmatia. Nepos was assassinated in 480 while plotting his restoration.

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Lived from 430 to 480 AD

Julius Nepos was Roman Emperor of the West from 474 to 475 and then only de jure until he died in 480. With the support of the Eastern Empire, Nepos overthrew his predecessor without a fight and proclaimed himself western emperor in 474. The highest-ranking roman general Orestes turned his forces against Nepos in  475, forcing him to flee by ship to Dalmatia. Orestes son Romulus was crowned as Emperor in Nepos's absence, but never fully accepted by all provinces of the Empire. Nepos never relinquished his imperial title and sought a compromise with the barbarian king Odoacer who deposed Romulus. Odoacer ambiguously recognized his claim but refused him any role in government outside of Dalmatia. Nepos was assassinated in 480 while plotting his restoration.

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