The death of Alaric I (c. 370–410AD), the vanquisher of Rome: Additional arguments strengthening the possible involvement of malaria

Published: 27 June 2016
Author(s): Eric Faure
Issue: June 2016
Section: Letter to the Editor

I read with great interest the recent publication written by Galassi et al. [1] concerning the possible cause of Alaric I's sudden death. Using a dual philological–medical approach, the authors hypothesized that malaria seems to be the most probable cause of the king's death. Using an analogous approach but with primary historical sources over a more extended period, I would like to propose other arguments largely in favor of the proposed hypothesis regarding the cause of Alaric's death.