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 (q.v.). 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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