Fall of Rome (476)Fall of Rome (476) - 476 is considered a monumental year in history, as it is the official date (September 4, 476 to be exact) that the Western Roman Empire came to an end. Not only did it conclude one of the greatest empires ever, but it is generally regarded as the demarcation between the end of antiquity and the start of the Middle Ages. However, for all its historical weight, the Fall of the Western Empire passed rather quietly. On that day, a Germanic Warrior by the name of Odoacer deposed the last Western Roman emperor, Romulus Augustus, and declared himself King of Italy. Such a minor threat was Augustus, that Odoacer didn't even bother to kill him, he simply forced him into retirement. The writing was on the wall, of course, as several more climactic events preceded the emperor's removal; the elevation of Constantinople as the capital, the split of the empire in two, the Battle of Adrianople, and the sacking of Rome (twice, in 410 and again in 455). The end of the Western Roman Empire planted the seeds for the emergence of the European nations which we recognize today.