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Julius Nepos

Coin of Julius Nepos. Archaeological Museum of Izmir (Turkey). Photo Jona Lendering.
Julius Nepos (Archaeological Museum of Izmir)
Julius Nepos: emperor of the West-Roman empire (474-475).

date of birth and full name unknown
Between 19-24 June 474: recognized by the Senate
28 August 475: forced to resign by Orestes, and made bishop

Successor of: Glycerius

Main deeds:

  • 472 The military leader of Italy, Ricimer, takes Rome, dethrones Anthemius, and appoints Olybrius, who fails to win recognition from the East-Roman emperor Leo I. Ricimer dies, and Olybrius dies too (both of natural causes).
  • 473 Ricimer's son Gundobad appoints Glycerius, who is not recognized either
  • 474 Leo sends a navy, led by Julius Nepos; Glycerius is taken captive and made bishop of Salona; at the same time, Zeno I succeeds Leo I in the east, but is unable to establish himself, or to back Julius Nepos
  • 475 In the east, Zeno is briefly dethroned by Basiliscus; during this vacuum, a Germanic leader named Orestes expels Julius Nepos from the throne in Rome and makes his son Romulus Augustulus the new emperor of the western empire; Julius Nepos becomes bishop
  • one last attempt to rule in May/June 480; he is murdered bty Glycerius
Succeeded by: Romulus Augustulus
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