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Golden coin of Theodatus and Athalaric, depicting emperor
depicted with a "barbarian"
Athalaric (516 – 2 October 534) was the King of the
Italy between 526 and 534. He was a son of
Amalasuntha. His maternal grandfather was
Theoderic the Great. He succeeded his grandfather as king in 526.
As Athalaric was only ten years old, the regency was assumed by his mother,
Amalasuntha. His mother attempted to provide for him an education in the Roman tradition, but the Gothic nobles pressured her to allow them to raise him as they saw fit. As a result, Athalaric drank heavily and indulged in vicious excesses, which ruined his constitution.