March 15, 493 AD

On This Date in in 493 AD Theodoric the Great, leader of the Ostrogoths was attending a banquet that he and Odoacer the first King of Italy had organized to celebrate the peace treaty they had signed signaling an end to warfare and their peaceful mutual rule over Italy. At the beginning of the banquet, Theoderic made a toast to Odoacer, then drew his sword and killed him. Theoderic was a German Ostrogoth and they weren’t big on sharing.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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