Sack of Rome
Alaric leads the Visigoths in their sack of Rome in 410. The Visigoths were a Germanic people who lived throughout eastern Europe.
Illustration by Wilhelm Lindenschmit
a slope of land adjoining a body of water, or a large elevated area of the sea floor.
large and important medieval Christian church.
narrow strip of land that lies along a body of water.
city where a region's government is located.
people and culture focused on the teachings of Jesus and his followers.
large settlement with a high population density.
having to do with the empires and cultures of ancient Greece and ancient Rome.
to think about.
structure that represents the traditional beliefs, behavior, and identity of a group of people.
to overcome an enemy or obstacle.
group of nations, territories or other groups of people controlled by a single, more powerful authority.
important; having the ability to lead the opinions or attitudes of others.
to steal or take something illegally.
land that surrounds the Mediterranean Sea.
(500-1500) period in European history between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.
having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.
to take action to prevent injury or attack.
(27 BCE-476 CE) period in the history of ancient Rome when the state was ruled by an emperor.
to capture, loot, and largely destroy a city or other targeted area.
wealth, riches, and other valuable materials.
44-hectare (110-acre) walled enclave in Rome, Italy, that is an independent state, home of the Pope, and headquarters of the Catholic Church.