On this day in history, August 27, 410... The Visigoths ended the Third Siege and sacking of Rome. On August 24, 410, the Visigoths entered Rome through its Salarian Gate and pillaged the city for three days. By that time, Rome was no longer the capital of the Western Roman Empire, but Rome still enjoyed its status as "the eternal city" and a spiritual center of the Empire. Rome had not been under siege for 800 years, so the sack came as a major shock to the world. St. Jerome wrote about Rome's fall, saying, "the City which had taken the whole world was itself taken."