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Good Night Western Empire

September 4, 2015

Happy End of the Western Empire Day

conradbrunstrom

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1539 years ago today, the Roman Empire in the West disappeared.  Sort of.  That’s to say that the last Western Roman Emperor was deposed.  Of course, this did not make a lot of difference to people living Italy at the time.  The Western Empire had shrunk to Italy itself and some scraps of Gaul, but the so-called Emperor wasn’t really ruling any of it.  The army was now Germanic, and various Gothic warlords were the real power in Western Europe.  Following a bit of intrigue and confusion, one of these warlords,  Odoacer, decided that enough was enough and it was time to call it a day and stop pretending there was such a thing as a Western Emperor any more.

The last, the very last Western Emperor was little more than a child – Romulus Augustus, and like a number of emperors before him, he was virtually a prisoner, walled…

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