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Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire

Hughes, Ian

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ISBN 10: 1848844123 / ISBN 13: 9781848844124
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Title: Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of ...

Publisher: Pen and Sword

Binding: Hardcover

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Contains biographies of the men who ruled the Western Roman Empire in its final decades. Num Pages: 240 pages, 8pp plates. BIC Classification: 1QDAR; 3D; HBJD; HBLA1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 167 x 242 x 31. Weight in Grams: 644. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781848844124

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Synopsis: Patricians and Emperors offers concise comparative biographies of the individuals who wielded power in the final decades of the Western Roman Empire, from the assassination of Aetius in 454 to the death of Julius Nepos in 480.

The book is divided into four parts. The first sets the background to the period, including brief histories of Stilicho (395-408) and Aetius (425-454), explaining the nature of the empire and the reasons for its decline. The second details the lives of Ricimer (455-472) and his great rival Marcellinus (455-468) by focusing on the stories of the numerous emperors that Ricimer raised and deposed. The third deals with the Patricians Gundobad (472-3) and Orestes (475-6), as well as explaining how the barbarian general Odoacer came to power in 476. The final part outlines and analyses the Fall of the West and the rise of barbarian kingdoms in France, Spain and Italy.

This is a very welcome book to anyone seeking to make sense of this chaotic, but crucial period.

About the Author: Ian Hughes specializes in Late Roman history.  Having gained an MA at Cardiff University, Wales, he is the author of Belisarius, The Last Roman General (2008), Stilicho, the Vandal Who Saved Rome (2010); Aetius: Atilla's Nemesis (2012) and Imperial Brothers: Valentinian, Valens and the Disaster at Adrianople (2013). A former teacher whose hobbies include football, wargaming and restoring electric guitars, he lives near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

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