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Augustŭlus, Romŭlus Momyllus

The last Roman emperor of the West, the son of Orestes, who commanded the Roman army in Gaul. Orestes caused his son to be crowned in A.D. 475, and during his reign the son was but a puppet in the hands of the father. In the following year, however, the young emperor was dethroned by Odoacer, king of the Heruli, who put Orestes to death, but treated Augustulus with consideration, allowing him to retire to Campania with an income of 6000 gold pieces for his support. The name Augustulus was given to this emperor in derision, but is nevertheless the appellation under which he is best known in history. See Odoacer.

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