World map 476 AD

Map by: Thomas Lessman


Primary Sources for East-Hem_476ad.jpg:

  1.   The DK Atlas of World History, 2000 edition.  (See specific references below)
  2.   User:Javierfv1212.  Map of the “The_world_in_500_CE.PNG”.  Available on Wikipedia.

I – African information:

   * African Tribal locations are derived from:

  1.  The DK Atlas of World History. Map of “Development of Complex Societies in Africa”. Pg 160.

          (Bantus, Berbers, Chadians, Cushites, Garamantes, Gur, Khoisans, Mandes, Nilotics, West Atlantic Peoples, etc.)

II – Asian information:

   * Greater India (Including modern Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan):

   * Korean & Manchurian information:

  1.   Park Hyeon.  Map of “History_of_Korea_300_BC.png”.  Available on Wikipedia.

III – European information:

   British Isles information is from:

  1.   David Nash Ford. Early British Kingdoms. Map of “Britain in 475 AD”.

   * European borders are primarily derived from:

  1.   Euratlas.  Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe.  Map of “Europe in 500 AD”.

IV – Australia, Siberia, & Other Fringe Areas

   Note:  Fringe information is derived from comparisons of these sources:

  1.   The DK Atlas of World History, 2000 edition.  Map of “The World in 500 CE”.  Pgs 50-51.
  2.   User:Javierfv1212.  Map of the “The_world_in_500_CE.PNG”.  Available on Wikipedia.

Note: Much of the information in this map was cross-checked with Bruce Gordon’s Regnal Chronologies.

Roman Empire

  • Summer – Odoacer, chieftain of the Germanic tribes (Herulic/Scirian foederati), visits the imperial palace at Ravenna. He petitions Orestes (magister militum) to reward his mercenaries for their services and their support of his rebellion a year earlier, by making good on his promise to grant them lands to settle permanently in Italy. Orestes refuses this proposal and Odoacer leads his tribesmen in a revolt.
  • August – Basiliscus, Roman usurper, is deposed and Zeno is restored as emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. With the support of his adviser Illus, he besieges Constantinople, but the Senate opens the gates, allowing him to resume the throne. Basiliscus flees to sanctuary in a church, but surrenders himself and his family after extracting a solemn promise from Zeno not to shed their blood. Basiliscus is sent to a fortress in Cappadocia, where he later dies from starvation.
  • August 23 – Odoacer, age 43, is proclaimed rex Italiae (“king of Italy”) by his troops. He leads his Ostrogoth army into the Po Valley, and advances to Ravenna while plundering the countryside.
  • August 28 – Orestes is arrested by Odoacer near Piacenza, and swiftly executed.
  • September 4 – Romulus Augustulus, Roman usurper of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Odoacer at Ravenna. Odoacer spares the boy’s life and gives him a pension of 6,000 solidi, but exiles him to the “Castellum Lucullanum” (Castel dell’Ovo), on the island of Megaride in the Gulf of Naples. This event will later be romanticized in Western literature and history as the Fall of Rome, and is traditionally used by historians to mark the beginning of the European Middle Ages.

Source: Wikipedia