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Roman Emperor Romulus Augustulus Deposed by Barbarian Soldier Odoacer

Odoacer receives the blessing of St. Severinus to depose Roman emperor Romulus Augustulus

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Western Roman emperor Romulus Augustulus is deposed by Odoacer, a barbarian soldier, who proclaims himself "King of Italy." Little is known of Romulus' life, and he was at most a teenager when he was placed on the throne last year. After his reign ends he is sent to the Castellum Lucullanum in Campania, after which nothing more will be known.

This event will come to be treated by many as the end of the Western Roman Empire or the "Fall of Rome" and the beginning of Europe's Middle Ages.

Odoacer will pay lip service to the authority of Julius Nepos, considered by some to be the the last Western emperor, as well as Eastern Roman Emperor Zeno. In reality, Odoacer will rule Italy autonomously — but only Italy and not much else.

When Odoacer begins to threaten Zeno's lands, the Eastern Roman emperor will incite Theodoric, leader of the Ostrogoths, to invade Italy and kill Odoacer.

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