|So why Attila the
|• Attila claimed to
be a son of the god Mars, the god of war.
In one celebrated instance, his horse bloodied his hoof on something
in the ground. Attila got off to look
at it; it was a sword, half buried in
the ground. He immediately claimed
that it was thrown down from heaven by Mars to him (star falling, all ablaze?)
|• His campaign which
resulted in victory over Rome was conducted largely in Northern Italy, the
source of the rivers of Rome.
Interestingly enough, his campaign tactic (evidently for the first
time) took advantage of these rivers.
He would make a weak attack on the Romans, and then withdraw across
the river. As soon as the Romans had
about half their army across the river, he would strike at their flanks,
dividing their army in two, and defeating it in detail -- a river based
|• His nickname? “Scourge of God.”
|• Leo (same one)
persuaded him not to sack Rome by reminding him of Alaric’s fate (hand of God
will strike you down, etc..), ably assisted by a bribe from the Emperor. Attila did extract one victim from the
city: the Princess Honoria, whom he
carried off to his mountain castle to marry.
He died on their wedding night -- the marriage unconsummated. (There’s a pattern here, folks).
|• The Huns dissolved
after that as a force, but not before burying Attila with some of his
treasure -- under the Danube, the northern river boundary of the Roman