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Millennium: 1st millennium
476 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar476
Ab urbe condita1229
Assyrian calendar5226
Balinese saka calendar397–398
Bengali calendar−117
Berber calendar1426
Buddhist calendar1020
Burmese calendar−162
Byzantine calendar5984–5985
Chinese calendar乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)
3173 or 2966
    — to —
丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
3174 or 2967
Coptic calendar192–193
Discordian calendar1642
Ethiopian calendar468–469
Hebrew calendar4236–4237
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat532–533
 - Shaka Samvat397–398
 - Kali Yuga3576–3577
Holocene calendar10476
Iranian calendar146 BP – 145 BP
Islamic calendar151 BH – 150 BH
Javanese calendar361–362
Julian calendar476
Korean calendar2809
Minguo calendar1436 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−992
Seleucid era787/788 AG
Thai solar calendar1018–1019
Tibetan calendar阴木兔年
(female Wood-Rabbit)
602 or 221 or −551
    — to —
(male Fire-Dragon)
603 or 222 or −550
Romulus Augustus resigns the Crown.
Castel dell'Ovo (Gulf of Naples)

Year 476 (CDLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Basiliscus and Armatus (or, less frequently, year 1229 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 476 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.

Because the fall of the Western Roman Empire occurred in 476, many historians consider it the last year of ancient history and the first year of the Middle Ages in Europe.[1][2]


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  1. ^ Clare, I. S. (1906). Library of universal history: containing a record of the human race from the earliest historical period to the present time; embracing a general survey of the progress of mankind in national and social life, civil government, religion, literature, science and art. New York: Union Book. Page 1519 (cf., Ancient history, as we have already seen, ended with the fall of the Western Roman Empire; [...])
  2. ^ United Center for Research and Training in History. (1973). Bulgarian historical review. Sofia: Pub. House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences]. Page 43. (cf. ... in the history of Europe, which marks both the end of ancient history and the beginning of the Middle Ages, is the fall of the Western Roman Empire.)
  3. ^ "Middle Ages". Dictionary.com.
  4. ^ Bruni, Leonardo (2001) [1442]. Hankins, James (ed.). History of the Florentine People. Vol. 1. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. p. xvii. ISBN 978-0-674-00506-8.