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Sack of Rome by Alaric - sacred vessels are brought to a church for safety in Augustine, La Cité de Dieu (circa 1475) (Public Domain)

The Enigma of the Tomb of Alaric, King of the Visigoths

Legends tell that Alaric, King of the Visigoths, who sacked Rome in the fifth century AD, was buried along with his horse and a vast amount of treasure, in the bed of the Busento River in the Cosenza province of southern Italy. But have the archaeologists and treasure hunters been searching in the wrong place?

King Alaric. Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)(Public Domain)

King Alaric. Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)(Public Domain)

Alaric, Rise of the King and Break with the Romans 

Alaric, whose name means 'King of all', was born in 370 AD in Peuce, along the banks of the Danube, in present-day Romania. He is a descendant of the noble Balti family, one of the various tribes of matrix Celtic spread over time in a vast geographical area, from Scandinavia to Ukraine.  At the age of 22, he was crowned king of the Visigoths, succeeding Frigiterno.  

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