ALARIC

AD 370-410

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Prior to be­com­ing first King of the Visig­oths, Alaric led an army of Goths and other al­lies in the ser­vice of Rome. He helped Em­peror Theo­do­sius win the Bat­tle of Frigidus, but came to feel his troops were un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated and left. Elected as head of the Visig­oths, he sought land upon which his sub­jects could set­tle within the Em­pire. When this was not forth­com­ing, Alaric led the sack­ing of Rome in AD 410, a three-day pil­lage that would cause a fa­tal fis­sure in the Ro­man Em­pire.

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