450 - 479 A.D. - Break up of the Roman Empire

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(Feature Photo: Illustration of the murder of Attila the Hun after his wedding ceremony in 453; Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 

450

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric I, king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France), dies, and is succeeded by Thorismund – Valentinian III is emperor of the Western Roman Empire – Theodosius II, emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, dies, and is succeeded by Marcian  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

Theodoric I, king of the Visigoths, is killed in the Battle of Catalaunian Plains, and is succeeded by his son, Thorismund 

July 29, Theodosius II, the Roman Emperor in the east, dies, and is succeeded by Marcian

 

451

RULERS & ROYALTY: Thorismund is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France), dies, and is succeeded by Thorismund – Valentinian III is emperor of the Western Roman Empire – Marcian is emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

 

452

RULERS & ROYALTY: Thorismund is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Valentinian III is emperor of the Western Roman Empire – Marcian is emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

 

453

RULERS & ROYALTY: Thorismund, king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France), is murdered, and succeeded by his brother Theodoric II – Valentinian III is emperor of the Western Roman Empire – Marcian is emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

 

454

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Valentinian III is emperor of the Western Roman Empire – Marcian is emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

Aetius, who is ruling in the Western Roman Empire as magister militum is personally assassinated by Western Roman Emperor Valentinian III (as a direct result, Valentinian commits suicide next year) (The Inheritance of Rome, Pg. 83)

 

455   

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Valentinian III, emperor of the Western Roman Empire, dies and won't be succeeded by a legitimate heir until 457 – Marcian is emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

Vandals (a Germanic people) sack Rome

March 16, Valentinian III, emperor of the Western Roman Empire, commits suicide

 

456

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Marcian is emperor of the Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

The Visigoths begin to expand their kingdom in southern Gaul (modern-day southern France) (History of the World, Map by Map, Pg. 80)

 

457

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Marcian, the Roman Emperor in the east, dies, and he is succeeded by Leo I (emperor not pope)  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

January 27, Marcian, the Roman Emperor in the east, dies, and he is succeeded by Leo I (emperor not pope)

Britons flee Kent after an Anglo-Saxon victory at Aylesford (History of the World, Map by Map, Pg. 80)

 

458

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Leo I (emperor not pope) is emperor of eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

 

459

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Leo I (emperor not pope) is emperor of eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

 

460

RULERS & ROYALTY: Theodoric II is king of the Visigoths (modern-day southwestern France) – Leo I (emperor not pope) is emperor of eastern Roman Empire  Leo I is the 45th pope/bishop of Rome

 

461 

RULERS & ROYALTY: Pope Leo I dies and Pope Hilarius is installed as Bishop of Rome

March 17, Patricius (St. Patrick) dies in Ireland (b. 385)

 

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The Roman Empire falls  

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479