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Odoacer, King of the Heruli

Rome was on the brink of collapse when Odoacer, a chieftain of the Scirii, Heruli, and Rugii tribes, rose from obscurity as a one of the many commanders in the Roman army. He is recorded on the Biblical Timeline Poster with World History in 493 AD. Odoacer was to become the decayed Western Roman empire’s last ruler. He was the son of Edeco, one of the many commanders who was part of Attila the Hun’s ruthless army until the death of the great warlord. Odoacer was born in the Roman province of Pannonia in 433 or 435 AD. His father died after the Scirii warriors were defeated. Odoacer (who did not take part in the battle) went to Italy and enlisted with the Roman army. His brother Hunoulf went to Constantinople and went on to become the Master of Soldiers in Illyricum. In Italy, Odoacer led soldiers of mixed ethnic identities which consisted of Huns, Gepids, Goths, and other barbarian tribes.

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The Western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos was deposed by General Orestes in 475 AD and forced to flee to Dalmatia. Orestes installed his young son, Romulus Agustulus, as the new emperor but it was the general himself who ran the empire. The reign of Romulus Augustulus was short-lived. Father and son were removed from power by Odoacer after Orestes failed to follow-through on his promise to distribute land to the tribal leaders who supported him. Odoacer was declared king by his troops, who then had Orestes killed and had his son exiled to Campania.

“Romulus Augustus resigns the Crown”

This forced Zeno, the Eastern Roman Emperor, to elevate him to the status of patrician. He never acknowledged Odoacer as an equal, but the new Western Roman ruler considered himself a legitimate king and even signed documents with the title “King Odoacer.” Italy was generally peaceful under this new king, and the Christians breathed a collective sigh of relief as the persecutions that hounded them before did not happen during his reign. His greatest accomplishment was the expansion of the Western Roman territory in Dalmatia (present-day Croatia).

The fragile relationship between Zeno and Odoacer was frayed. The Byzantine king encouraged other kings to attack Odoacer whom he still considered a usurper. Theodoric, the king of Ostrogoths and ally of Zeno, launched a series of attacks that were initially unsuccessful. Finally, in 493 AD, a treaty was brokered between the two and they agreed to be co-rulers of Italy. Theodoric invited Odoacer to a banquet, and there, the first barbarian king of Italy was killed by his rival.

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Magill, Frank N., Christina J. Moose, Alison Aves, Mark Rehn, and Steve Seddon. Dictionary of World Biography: 10 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.
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  1. f you are looking for heruli. The name of our city is Heru. The people of the city are called Heruli. Heru city is located in Azarbaijan, Iran. But the Persians changed the name of our city to Khalkhal. Of course, the Persians are trying to change the names of all our cities and villages. It is said that in the past, perhaps thousands of years ago, warriors or soldiers practiced war in our city. And because of this, the name of our city is known as Heru. Fars still could not change the names of several villages in our city. The name of the village is Burgehim. And the village is Berga. And the village is Warsava. Of course, these are the names of several villages out of hundreds of villages in our city. Are these names not familiar? About two hundred years ago, the government spread the Kurds in our villages at the request of the British. Although more than ten villages now speak Kurdish. But some Kurdish-speaking families settled in all our villages. It is clear that it was to change our race. Of course, this action has also happened to the Turkish-speaking cities of Iraq. Now it is known that the Kurds in Iranian Kurdistan have Arab roots. Maybe they have a few percent of the Indian race and the yellow race. Did the English want to change our race to Arabic? What made England want to change our race. At the present time, Fars wants to change our race to Arabic. Because the Persian race is also of the Arab race. Now, in the map, the name berga has been changed to the word “flag” in Arabic or Farsi. If you look at the rb haplogroup map, the path is the same. When you and others moved to Europe you mixed with Northern European races or in Europe. And new races were born. The Indo-European race is also a lie. There is no rb in Fars, Iran, nor in India. Even the Persian language is Arabic. The Persians presented themselves as pure German. And they despised everyone. Now it is known that the Persians are of the Arabian Arabian race. If it wasn’t for genetic science, Fars would still identify itself as German. Almost 30 years ago, I went to Kerman. Almost 40 people had gathered in a spring near the village. I was stoned for being a Mongol. And if one person in this crowd looked like a European, it was me. But the villagers thought they were Germans. Still, those who did not take a genetic test assume that they are German. The new German race consists of several European races. It is completely different from the German race of 3000 years ago. All races changed. There are still people who do not understand why the race of Turkey and Greece is different from 3000 thousand years ago. The Ottoman government ruled dozens of Arab countries and the people of these countries came to the center of the Ottoman government to have a better life. It is clear that the race will change. The breeds that are now in Europe are a new breed.When you and others moved to Europe you mixed with Northern European races or in Europe. And new races were born. Warriors who trained in Heru It is said that these warriors practiced war in the city of Heru from the time of Alexander the Great. There are names of some of our villages in Austria, Poland and Spain. The people of our city are called heruli. If the route of haplogroup rb is determined correctly. Western European people moved to Europe from Azerbaijan or South Caucasus 8 thousand years ago. And it seems that Heruli warriors maintained contact with Europe until 1500 . I searched the names of some neighboring villages. One is close to the name of the capital of Poland. There is a name of a village in Germany and France or Austria which is almost close to burgehim. And the name Berga is a city in Germany. Probably in Spain too. The name of our city is Heru. The people of the city are called heruli. The name of a village is berga. We call the people of the village Bergali. And the name of the village is burgehim. We call the village people burgehimli. For the people of each village, li is added to the name of the village. In the past, we introduced ourselves in other cities of Heruli country. But in the last few decades, the Persians have changed the name of our city to Khalkhal. We are forced to introduce ourselves as Khalkhali so that our city can be recognized by others who know it by the name of Khalkhali, that is, in this Persian government that is trying to change the language and names of our cities and villages. For almost 20 years, the Persians used the word Khalkhal as the coldest city in the country. But maybe for almost 20 years, the name of our city is no longer in the weather news. It means that suddenly the cold has left our city forever. It is very likely that the people of Azerbaijan were fluent in several languages. It seems that Heruli were from the city of Heru in Azerbaijan. And li is still used in Turkish in Azerbaijan to introduce the people of a city or village. In the past, heru was multiple times in the present tense. If we count provinces in Iran as states in America. The city or region of heru is divided among several states. At least from Islam to Bandar Anzali it was part of heru in the past. Because of this, the people of several cities in Gilan are still fluent in Turkish. If heru warriors introduced themselves as heruli. It is known that they considered themselves Turkish speakers even if they were fluent in German. If local names were not illegal for us. We could compare the name of the commander Heruli. But unfortunately, since they gave birth certificates to people in Iran, local names have been declared illegal. And people were forced to choose Arabic and Persian names for themselves. Still, we cannot choose a local name if we do not accept Persian Arabic names. They don’t give us birth certificates. But there are some names of heru villages in Europe. Although, for several decades, Persians have been trying to change the names of our villages, cities, and even rivers and mountains.

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