emperor zeno

Coin depicting Romulus Augustulus, the “last emperor” of the Roman Empire. Ironically named after one of the founders of the city of Rome and nicknamed “little Augustus” after the first emperor, his 11-month reign saw the fall of the western empire (although it had already lost a lot of its territory; of course, the eastern empire would last for almost another millennium).  After Romulus was overthrown in a military coup, the Senate did not appoint a new emperor, instead symbolically accepting Zeno, emperor of the east as their ruler. Odoacer,  germanic general, took power as the King of Italy after Romulus was overthrown.