Short Biography about the life of Julius Nepos
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Julius Nepos, Emperor of the Western Roman Empire
Name commonly known as: Julius Nepos
Latin Roman Name: Julius Nepos
Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: June 474 - 28 August 475
Dynasty / Historical Period: Western Empire (394 - 476) which led to the disintegration of Roman authority and the Fall of the Roman Empire
Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Julius Nepos was Glycerius he was succeeded by Romulus Augustulus
Place and Date of Death: 480 in Dalmatia
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Interesting facts about the life of Julius Nepos
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Julius Nepos from the following facts and information about his life. Julius Nepos first succeeded in his career as the governor of the province of Dalmatia. He was a man who had good connections as he was married to the niece of Leo I (hence his name 'nepos' meaning nephew). In March 473 Glycerius had been appointed as a puppet emperor of the Western Empire by Gundobad but his position was never sanctioned by Leo I, the Emperor of the Eastern Empire. Emperor Leo I first sent an army of Ostrogoths (Eastern Goths) against Glycerius but the Ostrogoths were bribed to leave. The following year, in 474, Leo I sent Julius Nepos to oppose Glycerius. Glycerius immediately surrendered to Julius Nepos. Glycerius was treated leniently by Julius Nepos, probably due to his early surrender. Glycerius was appointed bishop of Salona in Dalmatia. Julius Nepos became the next emperor. During his reign there were further problems with Geiseric, the king of the Vandals whose pirate ships plundered the coast of Italy. Zeno I succeeded Leo I as emperor of the Eastern Empire. Julius Nepos was never popular with the Romans or the senate due to his connections with the Eastern Empire. Julius Nepos appointed a Roman politician called Orestes as his magister militum (Master of the Soldiers). The man who held this powerful office was often the power behind the throne and had previously been held by military commanders like Stilicho and Ricimer. The appointment of Orestes was a huge mistake. Orestes was ambitious, powerful and treacherous. Orestes took over the palace at Ravenna and Julius Nepos was forced to flee to Dalmatia where he becomes a bishop. In 480 Julius Nepos was assassinated. It is believed that Glycerius, the exiled emperor who Nepos had earlier deposed was responsible for his death. Orestes makes his son Romulus Augustus the new emperor of the western empire.
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