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  1. a.d. c370–410, king of the Visigoths: captured Rome 410.
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  • How many years separated the capture of Rome by Alaric from its capture by the Gauls?

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • On August 10, 410, Rome was stormed by Alaric, and the suburbs devastated.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • And when Alaric learned this, he summoned Theoderic as quickly as possible.



  • Alaric (son-in-law of Theodoric), defeated and killed by Clovis at Poitiers, 9; 52.

  • Alaric had conquered Rome, but Alaric had died immediately afterward.

British Dictionary definitions for alaric


  1. ?370–410 ad, king of the Visigoths, who served under the Roman emperor Theodosius I but later invaded Greece and Italy, capturing Rome in 410
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Word Origin and History for alaric


Visigothic masc. proper name, literally "all-ruler," from Proto-Germanic *ala- "all" (see all) + *rikja "rule" (see rich).

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