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 (ō′dō-ā′sər) also O·do·va·car (-vā′kər) ad 434?-493.
Germanic tribal leader who in 476 deposed Romulus Augustulus (reigned 475-476), bringing the Western Roman Empire to an end. He was later killed by Theodoric (493).
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(ˌɒdəˈeɪsə) or


(Biography) ?434–493 ad, barbarian ruler of Italy (476–493); assassinated by Theodoric
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(ˌoʊ doʊˈeɪ sər)

also Odovacar

A.D. 434?–493, first barbarian ruler of Italy 476–493.
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Noun1.Odoacer - Germanic barbarian leader who ended the Western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493)Odoacer - Germanic barbarian leader who ended the Western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493)
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He was born about a year after Odoacer deposed the last Roman Emperor and declared himself King of Italy.
476: Puppet emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by Odoacer, a probably-Germanic soldier who declared himself King of Italy - an event generally seen as marking the end of the Western Roman Empire.
Childeric, as is now known, was a barbarian chieftain who, much like Arbogast, Odoacer, Theodoric the Great and others, managed to establish both a strong position among the Franks and at the same time to be accepted by Gallo-Romans and Roman imperial elites as a person worthy of rule in a Roman province (FRYE 1992).
(3) Let your generous sympathies go with the loser--with Pompey as against Caesar; with Anthony as against Octavian; with Romulus Augustulus as against Odoacer; with the Albigenses as against the Catholics; with Charles as against Cromwell; with Napoleon as against the Holy Alliance; with Lee as against Grant; with the Second Empire as against the big battalions; with the South always as against the North--and even with Carpentier as against Dempsey.
(When Emperor Justin defeated Odoacer and then ratified agreement with Rome the Holy Roman Empire replaced the Roman Empire in 476 AD) Many of these Germanic tribes were Sabbath keepers.
He was born in the period when odoacer's Visigothic kingdom was in difficult position due to raids of Theodoric's osthrogots.
IT is is no are and TODAY IS...HALLOWEEN; SAMHAIN 475AD: Romulus Augustus became what proved to be the last Western Roman Emperor - he would be deposed less than a year later by the barbarian Odoacer, who became King of Italy rather than Emperor.