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The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the…

The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West (2006)

by Adrian Murdoch

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"The Last Roman" is the only biography about Romulus Augustulus. It focuses on the personalities behind this powerful story and reveals the world into which Romulus was born - an empire that was about to die. Author Adrian Murdoch explores how Romulus's father Orestes, secretary to Attila the Hun, rose through the ranks to become kingmaker; how all was lost to another usurper in an Italy wracked with civil war; and how Romulus found peace at last, founding a monastery. This dramatic and poignant story of politics, decline and loss has inspired. Drawing on extensive new archaeological and historical research and using numerous contemporary sources, many translated for the first time since the nineteenth century, "The Last Roman" is the vivid story of an empire breathing its last.… (more)



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Materials on Romulus Augustulus, the last Roman Emperor in the West, whose deposition has become the conventional date for the end of the Roman Empire, are so scanty as to make any attempt at a biography futile. So this is more of a quick survey of the last years of the Roman Empire. Competently if not very excitingly done. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 28, 2016 |
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As father of my country I will probably be Rome's last emperor. For that reason alone, I occupy a rather forlorn position in world history. No matter what happens I shall end up with a bad reputation. - Friedrich Durrenmatt, "Romulus the Great"
'Romulus Augustulus!' the polymath had said. 'What a name! Poor chap, he was very good-looking, it seems, and only sixteen.' - Patrick Leigh Fermor, "A Time of Gifts"
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