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476AD – Romulus Augustulus

4 September

The last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself “King of Italy”, thus ending the Western Roman Empire.

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AD455 Avitus becomes Emperor

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9 July

Eparchius Avitus Augustus was proclaimed Western Roman Emperor by Theodoric II after the death of his predecessor Petronius Maximus.

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Roman villa uncovered under Wiltshire lawn

While workers were digging a trench to lay some electrical cable for home owner Luke Irwin in Wiltshire, they discovered a Roman era mosaic floor which would lead to the discovery of one of Britain’s best preserved Roman villas.

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457 – Majorian is acclaimed emperor by the Roman army

1 April

A prominent general of the Late Roman army, Majorian deposed Emperor Avitus in 457 and succeeded him. Majorian was one of the last emperors to make a concerted effort to restore the Western Roman Empire. Possessing little more than Italy, Dalmatia, and some territory in northern Gaul, Majorian campaigned rigorously for three years against the Empire’s enemies. Continue reading “457 – Majorian is acclaimed emperor by the Roman army”

480 – Odoacer, first King of Italy, occupies Dalmatia

9 December

Flavius Odoacer (433–493), was a soldier, who in 476 became the first King of Italy (476–493). His reign is commonly seen as marking the end of the Western Roman Empire. Continue reading “480 – Odoacer, first King of Italy, occupies Dalmatia”

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