Flavius Odoacer Biography
Born In: Pannonia
Flavius Odoacer was a soldier who went on to become the King of Italy. Also known as Flavius Odovacer or Odovacar, his reign marked the end of Western Roman Empire. The Germanic commander became the first non-Roman King of Italy in 476 C.E, after defeating the last Roman king, Romulus Augustus. With the support of the Senate, Odoacer successfully brought in a few important administrative changes during his time. For instance, his land distribution system was well-received amongst the commoners. As a warrior, Odoacer had successfully conquered regions like Dalmatia, Sicily, regions near Danube, etc. He was eventually defeated and later killed by Theoderic the Great. When Odoacer had taken shelter in Ravenna, Theoderic invited him to settle things amicably, but when Odoacer reached Theoderic’s camp, he was killed by him.