September 04, 476 : Western Roman Empire falls

Introduction

Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaims himself king of Italy.

Odoacer was a mercenary leader in the Roman imperial army when he launched his mutiny against the young emperor. At Piacenza, he defeated Roman General Orestes, the emperor’s powerful father, and then took Ravenna, the capital of the Western empire since 402. Although Roman rule continued in the East, the crowning of Odoacer marked the end of the original Roman Empire, which centered in Italy.

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September 04, 476 : Western Roman Empire falls

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  • Year Published

    2010

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    September 04, 476 : Western Roman Empire falls

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/western-roman-empire-falls

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    December 17, 2017

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