They were jealous, too, of the success of Odoacer and his mercenaries.
Odoacer was promised his life, but the compact was broken soon.
Not long after the death of Leo the Great, Odoacer put an end to the western line of emperors.
Was there a stain on Odoacer from his early connexion with Attila?
It must have been a great relief to the government when Theodoric determined to lead his people to Italy against Odoacer.
Odoacer continued in possession of his kingdom seventeen years.
Odoacer passed the Adriatic, to chastise the assassins of the emperor Nepos, and to acquire the maritime province of Dalmatia.
Odoacer conquered and slew Orestes near Pavia, but Augustulus escaped.
It was in both characters together that he set out in 488, by commission from the emperor Zeno, to recover Italy from Odoacer.
Consequently, Odoacer issued a decree forbidding the alienation of Church property.