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Alaric

?370--410 ad, king of the Visigoths, who served under the Roman emperor Theodosius I but later invaded Greece and Italy, capturing Rome in 410

Alaric

(c. 370–410) Visigothx chief; sacked Rome. [Eur. Hist.: Bishop, 14]
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zu wiederholen, wer Alarich war, und wie er mit seinem Gotenheere nach Cosenza in Suditalien gekommen" (78).
While "Das Grab im Busento" turns the ballad's attempt at a restitution of oral tradition into its central plot point, that plot suggests something else as well: the river carries the song of Alarich, but it also hides the physical Alarich beneath its waves.
What Bumm and others discount is that the poem's strange double career has its origin in the text itself and is in many ways solicited by it: the way in which "Das Grab im Busento" dissolves its one recognizable object into an ever more ethereal ensemble can be read (a la Bumm) as a chillingly lonely and lifeless lament for that lost body, or one can read it as the joyous sacrifice of the individual body to the greater group, as the dead Alarich is dispersed into the "Gothenheer" and its patriotic songs.
By insisting on questions of Heimat and by making Alarich into a boy king of sorts, Platen actively invites the reader to make the connection both to homoeroticism and to the fate its revelation might (and ultimately would) force upon the poet himself.
Not only do they seek to make Alarich unavailable to memorialization, they seek to prevent his unavailability from being noticed.
Alarich needs to be forgotten lest diggers know where to start shoveling.