(12) out of their people, they all were killed, and the same old and young, sparing neither women nor children. That is why even to this day so you men of Italy. (13) They looted the wealth of the whole of Europe, and especially in Rome, they have left nothing either from public or private resources, and retired to Gaul. How Alaric took Rome, I'll tell you. (14) When he spent a lot of time on the siege of Rome and could not take it either by force or other in any way, he came up with the following. (15) selected from his army of three hundred young men, still beardless, had just reached adolescence, which he knew was a good race and had greater prowess than tend to their age, he secretly informed them that he was going pretended to give them some Roman patricians, passing them off as slaves, of course only in words. (16) It is ordered that they once will be in the homes of the Romans, showing the greatest gentleness and good behavior, with all diligence carried out everything to them or have committed their owners, (17) Shortly afterwards, on the appointed day, about noon when all the owners after a meal will be, as usual, to indulge in a dream, even if they meet all the so-called Salariyskim gate, suddenly attacked the unsuspecting guard, will kill her as soon as possible and open the gate. (18) By giving such an order the young men, Alaric immediately sent messengers to the senators, saying that he was impressed by their dedication to basil that in the future it will not cause them trouble, and that in recognition of their valor and loyalty to which they are so clearly found their commitment, and to keep the memory of himself in such wonderful people, he wants to bestow upon each of them a number of slaves. (19) Saying this and a little time later, sending the young men, he ordered to prepare for the barbarians to retreat and made it so that the Romans could notice it. (20) The Romans gladly listened to the proposal of Alaric and accepting gifts, were extremely happy, completely oblivious to the evil designs of the barbarian, (21) for extreme obedience exerted by young people to their masters, to eliminate any suspicion, and were in the camp of Alaric one already apparently filmed from the parking lot and stopped the siege, while others pretend that is about to do the same. (22) When the appointed day came, Alaric, arming the whole army to attack, kept it in readiness nearby Salariyskih gate: from the beginning of the siege he had to be here to camp. (23) At the appointed time of the day all the young people gathered at these gates, suddenly attacked the guards, killed her, and opened the gate, took the city of Alaric and his army. (24) Barbara burned homes located near these gates. Among them was the house of Sallust, which in ancient times wrote a history of the Romans; much of it poluobgorelaya was still intact in my time. Plundered the city and destroyed the majority of Romans, the barbarians moved on. (25) It is said that at this time in Ravenna basil Honorius, one of the eunuchs, most likely, his caretaker of the house, said that Rome was lost; in response basil she cried aloud: "Why, I just fed him from their hands!". (26) The fact that he had a huge cock, on behalf of Rome: the eunuch, he realized his words, told him that the city of Rome was killed at the hands of Alaric; calmer, basil said: "And I, my friend, thought it killed my cock Rome." So great, they say, was the folly of the Basileus.
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