This Day in History: Western Roman Empire falls, Sep 04, 476 

Rome, Vatican Museum, Octagonal Courtyard, Apollo sculpture (2)

attila1Odoacer 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.

Source: HISTORY.com



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