Ataulf (sometimes spelled Athaulf) was king of the Visigoths from 410 to 415. He succeded his brother-in-law Alaric I, and his reign came to a sudden end when the servant of a noble he had slain killed him while he bathed. Sigeric, the brother of Sarus immediately became king for seven days, when he was also murdered and succeeded by Wallia.
Therefore I have more prudently chosen the different glory of reviving the Roman name with Gothic vigour, and I hope to be acknowledged by posterity as the initiator of a Roman restoration, since it is impossible for me to alter the character of this Empire.
Athaulf, King of the Visigoths [Orosius, Adversum Paganos, translated in Stephen Williams, Diocletian and the Roman Recovery, Routledge, 1985, 2000, p.218]
Six major German tribes, the Visigoths, the Ostrogoths, the Vandals, the Burgundians, the Lombards, and the Franks participated in the fragmentation and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.
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