Brandon Thomas was raised and currently lives on the east coast of Australia. He received his BA in 2018 in Ancient History from the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he also obtained, in 2019, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, with class 1 honours. Brandon is preparing to undertake a PhD in Ancient History in 2020 at Sydney University. Brandon’s main research area is the early fifth century Western Roman Empire, in particular the reign of Honorius, of which he has a deep fascination and which will provide the core of his postgraduate research. He works as a freelance historian.
Alaric, the commander who led the sack of Rome in AD 410, is often depicted as a wild barbarian. In truth, he had had a long and distinguished career as a general in the Roman army.