ATAULPHUS, ATHAULPHUS, ADAULPHUS
（i. e. Atha-ulf, "sworn helper," the same name as that which appears in later history under the form of Adolf or Adolphus), brother of Alaric's wife. (Olympiod. apud Phot. Cod. 80, p. 57a., ed Bekk.)
He first appears as conducting a reinforcement of Goths and Huns to aid Alaric in Italy after the tennination of the first siege of Rome. (A. D. 409.)
In the same year he was after the second siege raised by the mock emperor Attalus to the office of Count of the Domestics; and on the death of Alaric in 410, he was elected to supply his place as king of the Visigoths. (Jornandes, de Reb. Get. 32.) From this time the accounts of his history vary exceedingly.
The only undisputed facts are, that he retired with his nation into the south of Gaul,--that he married Placidia, sister of Honorius,--and that he finally withdrew into Spain, where he was murdered at Barcelona.
According to Jornandes (de Reb. Get. 32), he took Rome a second time after Alaric's death,