5th century

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Eastern Hemisphere at the end of the 5th century AD.
Millennium: 1st millennium
Decades: 400s 410s 420s 430s 440s
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The 5th century is the time period from 401 to 500 in accordance with the Julian calendar in Anno Domini / Common Era. The 5th century is noted for being a time of repeated disaster and instability both internally and externally for the Western Roman Empire, which finally collapsed, and came to an end in AD 476. The west was ruled by a succession of weak emperors, and true power began to fall increasingly into the hands of powerful generals. Internal instability and the pressing military problem of foreign invaders resulted in the ransacking of Rome by a Visigoth army in 410. Some recovery took place during the following decades, but the Western Empire received another serious blow when a second barbarian group, the Vandals, occupied Carthage, capital of the extremely important province of Africa. Attempts to retake the province were interrupted by the invasion of the Huns under Attila. After Attila's defeat, both Eastern and Western empires joined forces for a final assault on Vandal North Africa, but this campaign was a spectacular failure.


Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor

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  1. ^ Taylor (2003), p. 19.
  2. ^ Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994.
  3. ^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/310169/Kalidasa

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