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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 h. Hughes provides a good overview of the end of the western Empire in this volume He does analyze things and come to conclusions but the primary focus is providing a chronological outline of eventsThat latter is the primary value as it can be hard to find any coherent look at the four decades from the death of Aetius to the death of Odovacer There's no central figure which is part of the point political power and fortunes were so fractured by this period that no one entirely rises above the other playersHowever Ricimer who should be prominent in synopses of this era does provide the central focus for part of this book enough so that I wonder if Hughes really should have focused in a little bit and done a book purely on him He is generally considered to have been the 'power behind the throne' for oh maybe fifteen years and often takes the fall for the instability of the West Hughes gives good reasons to believe that this is not the case and that his actions were often in response to other political pressuresThis largely comes down to the Roman Senate which like in his book on Stilicho takes the blame for a fair number of ills without introducing any real evidence He may reference some pertinent sources in the end notes which I have not gone through but there is nothing in the main body Nobody from the senate is mentioned by name No description of what the senate was like in the Fifth Century is provided Now he ascribes the senators as a whole with motives that are likely protecting their own position and the safety of their own lands but there's nothing here to actually support these assertions so it's nothing than an axiom of the bookOther than that hole there's a lot of interest here Beyond any problems with the Senate problems of the division of the Empire between East and West are made manfest Thanks to a lack of a stable dynasty and a horde of ongoing problems in the West the Eastern Empire has become the senior political partner which ends up crucially weakening the West Any time an Emperor dies too common there is a wait while the choice of a new Western Emperor is coordinated with the East If the Eastern court doesn't care for what's going on political and military support can get withdrawn which leaves the West's leadership high and dry Additionally Marcellinus maintains an almost independent existence as comes rei militaris Dalmatiae for almost this entire period as he's supported by the East but refuses to work with Ricimer's administration of the WestAnd of course at the same time there is growing 'barbarian' influence in the territories outside Italy and Dalmatia The book has about one map per chapter showing the slowly shifting patterns of who had control of what Now these groups are settled in the Empire by agreement and acknowledge it's authority Mostly Even the better actors like the Visigoths under Theoderic acted largely independently of the administration in Italy even when pursing the same goals Meanwhile Vandal kingdom in Africa raided Italy regularly and the book shows two attempts to counterinvade that came apart utterly and likely recriminations did much to make the situation in Italy worse Hughes figures Gaiseric to be the most able leader and diplomat of the period to explain his long stable reign and the Empire's inability to reclaim AfricaHughes sticks to a largely chronological format which means he doesn't give any one subject his full attention as nothing got wrapped up neatly within one year Mostly this is well handled but with some real long term trends going on here I think seeing something concentrating on just one of them would be a real plus I don't recommend this one for a casual read because of this but it is definitely a great framework for anyone in an interest in the last years of the Western Empire

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Patricians and Emperors The Last Rulers of the Western Roman EmpireIstories 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 Patrician. My opinion of this bookExcellent Hughes provides an Interesting and thorough history of the Western Empire It is one of the finest books I have ever read in my entire life I would recommend this to any person interested in the fall of the Western Empire

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Read & Download Patricians and Emperors: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire 104 ¸ 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 NS 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 ItalyThis is a very welcome book to anyone seeking to make sense of this chaotic but crucial peri. This book follows a chronological order of the period covered which I found to be a nice way of going through the book The constant shifting between the East and the West and the failure of the Senate to see reality leads to the final resultThe actions of the Vandals and Goths are fully explained The book explains the yearly actions and results and is a very good read I fully enjoyed this book and would recommend it