Our friend Adrian Murdoch has written another excellent book, The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West. (Unfortunately, it does not seem to be on the U.S. market yet, so the above links to Amazon UK.)
In his introduction, he writes “It is valid to ask whether one should attempt to write something that purports to be a biography about a character of whom we know so little. The answer has to be yes for three reasons.” As he sees it, the reason are: the human aspect of the drawn-out collapse of the Western empire; a growing popular interest in this period of late antiquity; and to make the case that 476 was important, “The idea of decline had become so contagious by the time Romulus was placed on the throne that it had become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
He certainly attains these aims in this lively written, easy to comprehend book, aimed at persons with a general interest in Roman history. It's a comparatively small one (190 pages in my review copy), but densely packed with information. I highly recommend it. It is also an entertaining read.
Full review here.