Alaric I

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Alaric I (370–410) King of the Visigoths (395–410). His forces ravaged Thrace, Macedonia, and Greece, and occupied Epirus (395–96). In 401 Alaric invaded Italy. Defeated by Roman General Stilicho, he formed a pact with him. Emperor Honorius executed Stilicho for treason and Alaric besieged (408) and captured Rome (410). He planned an invasion of Sicily and Africa, but his fleet was destroyed in a storm.