ALARA (Alaricus)( The leader of the Visigoths.)
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Biography ALARA (Alaricus)
He commanded a detachment of the Visigoths, sent as part of the Roman army to fight the usurper Eugene (394). After the death of Emperor Theodosius I in 395 Alaric led the Visigoths march on Constantinople, met resistance, they are devastating everything in its path, passed through Macedonia to Greece. Monstrous razrableniyu were Athens, Corinth was burned, devastated Peloponnese. Against the Visigoths was sent Stilihon, commander of the emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Honorius. The Visigoths were surrounded in the mountains in the north-west of the Peloponnese, but they managed to escape and fled to Epirus. Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire Arkady temporarily pacified the Visigoths, Alaric governor of Illyricum appointing.
At the end of 401 the Visigoths came to Italy, which was the first incursion since the campaign Cimbri and Teutons at the end of 2. BC. Alaric managed to take a few cities, but in 402 he failed, and with thinning army returned to Epirus. Stilihon conceived select Illyricum in Arcadia, which concluded the agreement with Alaric, but was unable to fulfill. Angry Visigoths occupied the province of Noricum. To appease Alaric, Stilihon insisted on the payment of huge compensation Visigoths, and in 408 had intended to send him to Gaul to fight the usurper Constantine.
However, after the fall of Stilihona and his execution in Rome took the top group, seek to resolve the conflict through military means. Alaric, who were demanding payment for gonorrhea as an ally of Rome, surrounded Rome in the same 408 and received consent to its terms. However, the Romans were slow with their implementation, and then Alaric again besieged Rome and forced the Senate to recognize the emperor of Rome Prefect Priscus Attalus, whom he soon shifted the same. Honorius was besieged in Ravenna, talks with him or to have failed, and Alaric besieged Rome for the third time. August 14 410 raging in the city of famine forced the Roman sample to command his servants to open the city gates at night. Visigoths came to Rome, and within three days of looting and killing its inhabitants. Alaric made plans for the invasion of Africa, but died shortly afterwards.