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Goths and Romans 332–489$
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Peter Heather

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205357.001.0001

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Alaric and the Move to Gaul

Alaric and the Move to Gaul

(p.193) 6 Alaric and the Move to Gaul
Goths and Romans 332–489

P. J. Heather

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the instability in Gotho-Roman relations. The revolt of Alaric, which led to the sacking of Rome and the Goths' move to Gaul, exploited imperial disunity and is usually seen as a general rising of Goths settled under the 382 treaty. The chapter also looks at the effects of Alaric's success, such as uniting the Tervingi and the Greuthungi, and forcing the Roman Empire to recognize any Gothic leaders as pre-eminent.

Keywords:   Gotho-Roman relations, revolt, Alaric, imperial disunity, Gothic leaders, Tervingi, Greuthungi, Gaul

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