He is the main actor of the final fall of the Roman Empire of Occident by depositing the last emperor of Occident, Romulus Augustule, and while returning the imperial badges with the emperor of the East Zénon. Supported by its Hérules and the cruel mercenaries of Italy which it especially masses in the north of the country, it controls the peninsula with the title of Patrice as from the year 476.
With died of Julius Nepos in 480, it occupies the Dalmatie but starting from 488, it must fight against the Ostrogoths and their allies of the king Théodoric Large the, sent by Byzance with an aim of driving out it of Italy. It is beaten with three recoveries by Théodoric, supported by the Visigoths of his son-in-law, the king Alaric II; with Aquilée in 489, with Vérone, then on the edges of the Adda in 490. Obliged to fold up itself in Ravenne, its capital, it resists three years whereas it is besieged.
Théodoric finishes by him proposing a market and Odoacre agrees to capitulate in March 493. Fifteen days later, he is assassinated in full banquet by the king ostrogoth itself: its family, her faithful and her lieutenants are assassinated or carried out, her army decimated or integrated into the ostrogothic armies.
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