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Honorius: a moral destitute, whose one passion was rearing chickens.
Alaric, king of the Visigoths, fought Stilicho, stole Honorius's sister and dogged his reign.
Arcadius, slothful, weak in character and intellect was dominated by his Frankish wife Aelia Eudoxia (coin at top).
An Ivory relief shows Stilicho the half-barbarian general who wielded great power under the two weak emperors.
Roman Empire at the death of Theodosius I
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