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IDEA OF THE ROMAN JURISPRUDENCE. – THE LAWS OF THE KING8. – THE
INVASION OF ITALY BY ALARIC.—MANNERS OF THE ROMAN" SENATE AND PEOPLE.—ROME IS THRICE BESIEGED, AND AT LENGTH PILLAGED, BY THE GOTHS.—DEATH OF ALARIC.— THE GOTHS EVACUATE ITALY.—FALL OF CONSTANTINE.GAUL AND SPAIN ARE OCCUPIED BY THE BARBARIANS.INDEPENDENCE OF BRITAIN.
- THE incapacity of a weak and distracted government may often assume the appearance, and produce the effects. of a treasonable correspondence with the public enemy. If Alaric himself had been introduced into the council of Ravenna, he would probably have advised the same measures which were actually pursued by the ministers of Honorius.' . The king of the Goths would have conspired, perhaps with some reluctance, to destroy the formidable adversary, by whose arms, in Italy, as well as in Greece, he had been twice overthrown. Their active and interested hatred laboriously accomplished the disgrace and ruin of the great Stilicho. The valor of Sarus, his fame in arms, and his personal, or hereditary, influence over the confederate Barbarians, could recommend him only to the friends of their country, who despised, or detested, the worthless characters of Turpilio, Varanes, and Vigilantius. Iły the pressing instances of the new favorites, these generals, unworthy as
1 The series of events, from the death of Stilicho to the arrival of Alaric be fore Rome, can only be found in Zosimus, l. v. pp. 347–350. 11) (