No Example, No Trust

The emperor Julius Valerius Maiorianus, known to English-speaking posterity as Majorian, was a vigorous and able sovereign.  He is conceded to have been one of the last western Roman leaders who made an energetic effort to maintain and improve the empire’s institutions.  Even Gibbon, who usually had only snide comments for the later occupants of the Roman throne, condescended to say a good word for him in chapter 36 of his History.  

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