Alaric II., a king of the Visigoths in Spain, who succeeded his father Euric about 484. His dominions reached as far as the Rhone and Loire. An Arian himself, he was very tolerant of orthodox Catholicism. His endeavours to live at peace with the Franks were frustrated by Clovis, who desired to annex the Gothic provinces of France. On religious pretexts war was declared and Alaric was defeated near Poitiers and killed by the hand of Clovis himself, 507.