Ataulf


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Ataulf

Ataulf (ătˈāəlf), d. 415, Visigothic king (410–15). Succeeding his brother-in-law, Alaric I, he abandoned Alaric's scheme of southward expansion and led the Visigoths out of Italy into S Gaul (France) in 412. He sought the alliance of the Western emperor, Honorius, whose sister Galla Placidia he married in 414. However, the general Constantius (later Emperor Constantius III), jealous of Ataulf, turned Honorius against him. Constantius blockaded the Gallic ports, and Ataulf, cut off from supplies, led his people into N Spain (see Visigoths). He was assassinated at Barcelona.
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When his brother, Ataulf, is ambushed and injured, Alaric volunteers to go to Cordoba to bring a Jewish physician to remove a dangerously lodged arrow; but distracted by a woman, he returns too late to save his brother's life.
After the dark centuries of the barbarian invasions and the early Middle Ages, during which it knew brief periods of splendor (as the capital of Ataulf's Gothic kingdom in 415) and ruin (when the city was taken and destroyed by Al-Mansur in 985), Barcelona consolidated itself as the capital of a county, bordering Al-Andalus.