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    DescriptionIn AD 410, the Roman world suffered an unprecedented catastrophe. For the first time in 800 years a barbarian army, led by the Visigoth king Alaric, sacked the ancient city of Rome. Alaric carried off Rome's most valuable treasures, but died unexpectedly before he could leave Italy and was buried in a secret tomb laden with part of the plunder; a tomb which has been a temptation for treasure seekers ever since. In "The Lost Gold of Rome", Daniel Costa brings to vivid life the little-known but fascinating story of the deeds, death and mysterious burial of Alaric. Alaric first rebelled against the Romans in 391. Defeated, he and his soldiers were co-opted into the Roman Army and contributed to the victory of Theodosius the Great, a devout Christian, in the battle with the last pagan emperor in the West. Alaric rebelled again in 395 and pillaged Greece. Vanquished repeatedly over the years, he refused to give up and eventually led his people to the very centre of world history. Alaric played a significant role in initiating the dismemberment of the Western Roman Empire, and unintentionally gave papacy their first opportunity to get involved in secular politics. The life of Alaric is overshadowed by fascination with the mysteries associated with his burial, for instance the belief that sacred furnishings from the Temple at Jerusalem, which the Romans captured in AD 70, may be among the riches buried with him. Countless treasure hunters have tried to discover the 'lost gold of Rome', including the Nazi Heinrich Himmler. Gripping and lively, Daniel Costa's book also encompasses the fall of the Roman Empire, the survival of Rome and the rise of papacy, as well as revealing one of the best-kept secrets of Islam.

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    The Lost Gold of Rome
    The Hunt for Alaric's Treasure
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Costa
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 581 g
    ISBN 13: 9780750943970
    ISBN 10: 0750943971

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: D
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS002020, HIS002000
    DC22: 937.09
    BISAC region code:
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    12 black and white illustrations
    The History Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Sutton Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    30 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Daniel Costa was born in Transylvania. Living in the declining days of Communism, he has always been interested in the end of empires. While a political refugee, he lived in Rome sponsored by the UN and spent much of the time exploring the forces that drove the Romans, early Germans and early Christians. A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Canada, he is now a psychiatrist in Toronto.