Published: 9 March 2016
Author(s): Francesco M. Galassi, Raffaella Bianucci, Giacomo Gorini, Giacomo M. Paganotti, Michael E. Habicht, Frank J. Rühli
Issue: March 2016
Section: Original Article

Alaric I (c. 370–410AD), King of the Visigoths, sacked Rome for the second time in over eight centuries of history. Historians suggest that malaria, probably contracted either in Rome or in the Pontine Marshes, was responsible for his sudden death in Cosenza (Calabria) in the autumn of 410AD, where he was allegedly buried in the River Busento. In this article, we aim to examine this hypothesis through a full pathographic reassessment of the most likely cause of Alaric's demise.

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