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d.410. Visigothic king. German nomads settled in Romania in the second and third centuries, where Arians later evangelized them. About 375, Huns from the northeast forced these Visigoths into Bulgaria, where they became federated with the Roman Empire, but Alaric, their elected king, led their search for land and wealth around Greece. Though given land in Albania and the prestige of the imperial title magister militum, Alaric demanded Hungary and then Austria, and on refusal marched on Rome, which he ransacked in August 410. The sack disillusioned both pagans and Christians who had believed that piety guaranteed the political freedom and social security of Rome. Augustine* tackled this dilemma in The City of God. Within a month of the sack Alaric died in southern Italy.