24 August 2012

Shocking news: Rome sacked…and historical maps

On 24 August 410, the Eternal City of Rome was sacked by Alaric the Goth. (What his tastes in dress and music were are a matter of speculation, but I doubt Alaric wrote bad poetry or listened to The Cure.) This event is generally considered to be the beginning of the so-called Middle Ages, my favorite period in history to study. It's also a good reason to link to a fascinating resource online, Euratlas, which offers detailed historical maps like the one above.