1. Emperor Honorius (Flavius Honorius Augustus) was an exceptionally terrible Roman emperor. Declared Augustus at the age of eight, he proceeded to be useless and ineffective while Stilicho, his capable general, ruled in his place. Then Honorius had Stilicho murdered. Subsequently, the Visigoths sacked Rome. “Procopius mentions a story (which Gibbon disbelieved) where, on hearing the news that Rome had “perished”, Honorius was initially shocked; thinking the news was in reference to a favorite chicken he had named “Roma”.” He then continued to be ineffective until he died at age 39 without having produced an heir, which was really his minimum responsibility and he still couldn’t manage it.

    Emperor Honorius (Flavius Honorius Augustus) was an exceptionally terrible Roman emperor. Declared Augustus at the age of eight, he proceeded to be useless and ineffective while Stilicho, his capable general, ruled in his place. Then Honorius had Stilicho murdered. Subsequently, the Visigoths sacked Rome. “Procopius mentions a story (which Gibbon disbelieved) where, on hearing the news that Rome had “perished”, Honorius was initially shocked; thinking the news was in reference to a favorite chicken he had named “Roma”.” He then continued to be ineffective until he died at age 39 without having produced an heir, which was really his minimum responsibility and he still couldn’t manage it.

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