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Solomon2 is correct; so is Daniel, but Solomon more so -- by 2 years

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 20, 2016 at 15:37

Daniel,

Solomon2 may have been referring to the fact that the Visigoths had been settled in Thrace as "foederati" in 376 AD, in exchange for their military service to Rome. They then rose in rebellion at Adrianople in 378 and later sacked Rome. Even after that event, the Romans continued to accept Germanic immigrants as foederati because fewer and fewer of the Romans wanted to perform military service. Ultimately, these Germans became the top generals in Rome, and then emperors. In 476, the general Odoacer overthrew the emperor Romulus; and, rather than declaring himself the "Roman Emperor", he simply styled himself as the "King of Italy". This date is marked by some as the end of the Empire in the West.

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