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Athalaric (516 - 2 October 534) was the King of the Ostrogoths in Italy. The grandson of Theodoric the Great, he became king upon his grandfather's death in 526.

As Athalaric 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, Athalaric drank heavily and indulged in vicious excesses, which ruined his constitution.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Theodoric the Great
King of the Ostrogoths in Italy
Succeeded by

1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

ATHALARIC (516-534), king of the Ostrogoths, grandson of Theodoric, became king of the Ostrogoths in Italy on his grandfather's death (526). As he was only ten years old, the regency was assumed by his mother Amalasuntha. The murmurs of the Gothic nobles procured for their young sovereign too early emancipation from the schoolroom. He drank heavily, and indulged in vicious excesses which ruined his constitution. He died on the 2nd of October 534.

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