The sacking of Rome
The sack if Rome occurred on August 24, 410. The city was attacked by the Visigoths, led by Alaric l. At that time, Rome was no longer the capital of the western Roman empire, having been replaced in this position by Ravenna in 402. Nevertheless, the city of Rome retained a paramount position as "the eternal city" and a spiritual center of the Empire. The sack was a major shock to contemporaries, friends and foes of the Empire alike.