And So Begin the Middle Ages
By a certain measure, today marks the anniversary of the date in 476 from which the “Middle Ages” may be dated. On this day, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustus, who was little more than a child and was completely controlled by his father, Orestes, the Magister Militum of the Roman military, was deposed by Odoacer. Orestes had little standing to complain about the over-throw of his son's reign - Orestes had revolted against the prior emperor and put his son on the imperial throne.
With Romulus' resignation the imperial regalia was packed up and shipped off to Byzantium. With this event, the Western Roman Empire ceased to exist, its fragments now under control of various “barbarian” tribes.
The “eastern” Roman Empire centered at Constantinople (Byzantium) would survive another millennium until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
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