Amalasontha, Or Amalasuintha, daughter of Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, born in 498, died in 535. Her husband Eutha-ric having died, her intellect and learning decided Theodoric to make her regent of Itaty during the minority of her son Athalaric, to whom he bequeathed that kingdom. Assuming power in 52(5, and availing herself of the aid of Cassiodorus, she showed great administrative talent; but her efforts to educate her son were thwarted by the Gothic nobles and by his own intractable disposition, and his debaucheries destroyed him in his. youth. She still endeavored to retain power, but through the influence of Justinian was imprisoned and strangled by her cousin Theodatus, whom she had married and made co-regent.