Thursday, June 18, 2009

One child for one dog

Ammianus tells us that once Lupicinus had prised much of the barbarians' wealth from them in exchange for black market food, he began an even more sinister trade. The Goths were desperate enough to sell their children for paltry amounts of dog meat. The going rate was one child for one dog -- Lupicinus' men were organised enough to have gathered up stray dogs from a wide area.

-- Adrian Goldsworthy, How Rome Fell, p. 252.

... I wonder how many of the Goths who faced the Romans at Adrianople had sold their children for dog meat a few years prior? Might've added a little zest to their morale.

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