Athalaric (Latin: Athalaricus; 516 – 2 October 534) was the king of the Ostrogoths in Italy between 526 and 534. He was a son of Eutharic and Amalasuntha, the youngest daughter of Theoderic the Great,[1] whom Athalaric succeeded as king in 526.[2]

A solidus in the name of Justinian I minted by Athalaric.
King of the Ostrogoths
Reign526 – 534
PredecessorTheoderic the Great
Died2 October 534(534-10-02) (aged 17–18)

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.[2]

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  1. ^ Amalasuntha. Oxford University Press. January 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-518792-2.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.

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Preceded by King of the Ostrogoths in Italy
Succeeded by