What is Odoacer?

  • (noun): Germanic barbarian leader who ended the western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493).
    Synonyms: Odovacar, Odovakar


Flavius Odoacer (433–493), also known as Flavius Odovacer, was a barbarian soldier, who after 476 became the first barbarian King of Italy. His reign is commonly seen as marking the end of the Western Roman Empire. Though the real power in Italy was in his hands, he represented himself as the client of Julius Nepos and, after Nepos' death in 480, of the Emperor in Constantinople. Odoacer generally used the Roman honorific patrician, granted by the Emperor Zeno, but is referred to as a king (Latin rex) in many documents and he himself used it at least once and on another occasion it was used by the consul Basilius. Odoacer introduced few important changes into the administrative system of Italy. He had the support of the Senate at Rome and was able to distribute land to his followers without much opposition. Unrest among his warriors led to violence in 477–478, but no such disturbances occurred during the later period of his reign. Although Odoacer was an Arian Christian, he rarely intervened in the affairs of the orthodox and trinitarian state church of the Roman Empire.

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Odoacer's Donation To Pierius
... Odoacer is the first ruler of Italy for whom the original text of any of his legal acts has survived ... This is a grant by Odoacer to Pierius of properties in Sicily near Syracuse and on the island of Melita in Dalmatia, worth in total 690 solidi ... None of the parties involved in this transaction—not Pierius, Odoacer, nor the witnesses—could foresee that the recipient would die the following ...
... was deposed as Emperor by the Scirian general Odoacer ... had no great desire to jeopardize that by provoking Odoacer ... Nepos was supported by the Eastern Roman Emperor Zeno, of whom Odoacer was technically a vassal ...
History Of The Roman Empire - 395–476: Decline of The Western Roman Empire
... Odoacer and his men captured and executed Orestes ... Odoacer quickly conquered the remaining provinces of Italy ... Odoacer then sent the Imperial Regalia back to the emperor Zeno ...
Epiphanius Of Pavia - Biography
... Cook notes that of "the thirteen years of Odoacer's matery in Italy, from the defeat of Orestes in A.D ... The only other incident Ennodius recorded during these 13 years was his successful petition to Odoacer to alleviate the rapacious demands of the praetorian prefect Pelagius ... during the war between Theodoric the Great and Odoacer ...
Papal Selection Before 1059 - During The Roman Empire - Odoacer
... time to succession issues, who decreed that the minister of Germanic general Odoacer, a Roman nobleman, would have the power of approval over his successor (there was no longer a western Roman emperor ...