Orestes, mentioned as a spiritual son of the presbyter Primenius, was the magister militum and patricius of the West in 475-476. In 475, he marched against the emperor Julius Nepos, who escaped from Ravenna to Dalmatia. Orestes then proclaimed his own son Romulus emperor. In 476, he was captured and killed by Odoacer, the leader of barbarians and later king, who gained control over Italy. He deposed Romulus and later sought recognition of the emperor Zeno. Interestingly, Romulus was not killed by Odoacer but allowed to live as a private citizen, according to one source (A List of Roman emperors until Justin I, MGH AA 13, 423), in the Castellum Lucullanum. Some scholars proposed that the noblewoman Barbaria who donated the Castellum to Eugippius and other monks might have been the widow of Orestes and Romulus's mother. See e.g. Gorman 1984: 71.