Athalaric

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Athalaric (516 - 2 October 534), king of the Ostrogoths in Italy, grandson of Theodoric the Great, became king on his grand-father's death (526).

As he was only ten years old, the regency was assumed by his mother Amalasuntha. His mother attempted to provide for him an education in the Roman tradition, but the Gothic nobles pressured her to allow them to raise him as they saw fit. As a result, he drank heavily and indulged in vicious excesses, which ruined his constitution.



Preceded by:
Theodoric the Great
King of the Ostrogoths
526–534
Succeeded by:
Theodahad

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