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Editor says, what if Galla Placidia had established her leadership years earlier? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 410 AD,on this fateful day, rebellious slaves were prevented from opening the Salarian Gate to let in Chieftain Alaric's Visigoth army camped outside the imperial city.
Visigoths turned away from the gates of RomeThe city was now fully roused to the licentious fury of the tribes of Germany and Scythia. They mobilized around the leadership of former Emperor's half-sister Galla Placidia. With the Roman Senate unable to
pay the besieging army to go away, and the authorities in Ravenna still unwilling to grant land to the Visigoths, they took matters into their own hands. And made a desperate last stand that brought pride and honor to the eleven hundred and sixty-three year of the city. During the struggle Alaric fell ill and died; his brother Athaulf retreated to south-west France and established his own Kingdom.
Editor says, inn reality Rome was sack and Galla Placidia taken captive, however she later married Athaulf and after his death became Empress of Rome. In authoring this article we have repurposed content from The Visigoths sack Rome published in the August 2010 Edition of History Today Magazine. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.