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Fall of the Western Roman Empire

In the years leading up to the fall of the Roman empire, the residents living there were constantly at the mercy of invasions from the Visigoths and Vandals. While most historians don't agree on the exact time in which the Western Roman Empire begin to fall, most believe that the actual date of the collapse was the year 476. Honorius was the Roman emperor in 408, and he was not able to effectively protect the empire from the barbarians who constantly attacked it. The constant invasions led to instability, and the barbarians would eventually become usurpers.
Romulus Augustus was given the title of emperor in the year 475, but Rome was nearing its collapse by this date.

While a number of Roman regions continued to thrive after the year 476, the actual rule over the western portion of the region had ceased to exist at this time. The official date of the collapse is September 4, 476. The event that marked this collapse was the decision of Odoacer to depose Romulus Augustus. Julius Nepos had laid claim to the Roman empire, and this action was accepted by Zeno, who was the Byzantine emperor. However a number of other people proclaimed themselves ruler as well, and one of these individuals was Odoacer. Nepos was eventually killed, and Oodoacer captured Dalmatia, which had been under his rule.

Original Authors: Stephen Palmer
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02/02/2006



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