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As the Battle of the Frigidus, which terminated this campaign, was fought at the passes of the Julian Alps, Alaric probably learned the weakness of Italy's natural defences on its northeastern frontier at the head of the Adriatic Sea.Arcadius showed little interest in ruling, leaving most of the actual power to his Praetorian Prefect Rufinus.Attalus appointed him magister utriusque militiae ("master of both services") but refused to allow him to send an army into Africa.Negotiations with Honorius broke down, and Alaric deposed Attalus in the summer of 410, and besieged Rome for the third time.According to Edward Gibbon in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, during the shifting of offices that took place at the beginning of the new reigns, Alaric apparently hoped he would be promoted from a mere commander to the rank of general in one of the regular armies. Among the Visigoths settled in Lower Moesia (now part of Bulgaria and Romania), the situation was ripe for rebellion.They had suffered disproportionately great losses at Frigidus.
To spare the provincial populations from excessive taxation and to save money, emperors began to employ units recruited from Germanic tribes.
Having abandoned a plan to occupy Sicily and North Africa after the destruction of his fleet in a storm, Alaric died as the Visigoths were marching northward.