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Attila the Tyrant

Attila the Tyrant meets Pope Leo I

As Attila the Hun continued his conquering ways, he arrived in Italy where he was met by the sitting Pope, Leo I (in 452 A.D.).  This image provides an artist's conception of how that meeting may have appeared.

Three years later, Prosper, a Christian chronicler, tells us the story of the meeting between the Pope and the Hun:

Now Attila, having once more collected his forces which had been scattered in Gaul [at the battle of Chalons], took his way through Pannonia into Italy. . . To the emperor and the senate and Roman people none of all the proposed plans to oppose the enemy seemed so practicable as to send legates to the most savage king and beg for peace. Our most blessed Pope Leo -trusting in the help of God, who never fails the righteous in their trials - undertook the task, accompanied by Avienus, a man of consular rank, and the prefect Trygetius. And the outcome was what his faith had foreseen; for when the king had received the embassy, he was so impressed by the presence of the high priest that he ordered his army to give up warfare and, after he had promised peace, he departed beyond the Danube.

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