0476-09-04

Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Od

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 on Italy.
[Historical Eras of Rome]
Kingdom of Rome
BC 753-510 Reign of Romulus to the exile of Tarquin SuperbusEarly Republic
BC 510-275 Establishment of Republic to the Conquest of ItalyPunic Wars
BC 274-146 First Punic War to the Destruction of CarthageDecline of Republic
BC 146-44 Age of the Gracchi to the Death of Julius CaesarEarly Empire
BC 44-AD 69 Second Triumvirate to the Year of Four EmperorsHeight of Empire
AD 70-180 Flavian Emperors to the Death of Marcus AureliusFall of Western Empire
AD 180-476 Reign of Commodus to the Fall of Western EmpireByzantine EmpireAD 476-1453
Fall of Western Empire to the Fall of Constantinople