Attila the Hun was a feared enemy of the Western Roman Empire since Hannibal and king of the Huns. Attila was born into the Hunnic royal familly in 406 AD. His bloodlust and cruelty were so great that he called himself the "Scourge of God". Attila became king of the Huns when his uncle mysteriously died, and the first order he gave was to raid the Eastern Roman Empire. Attila was seen as a force of terror, and after he destroyed an enemy settlement he would often demand protection money from the other peoples.
In the Byzantine Empire, his path of destruction was so imense even when it stopped at Thermopylae in Greece. One day when Attila received a letter from the Roman princess, Honoria, he was determined to make her his wife. He asked her brother, Emperor Valentinien III, for his sister's hand in marriage. Naturally, Valentinien refused to have his sister marry a barbarian. Enraged, Attila ravaged the Roman province of Gaul and even decimated an army of Goths and Romans in 451 AD. When Attila made it to the walls of Rome, he was halted not by the Emperor, but by the Pope. Pope Leo I told Attila that if his army spared Rome, the Church would give him anything to his heart's desire.
Attila was impressed by the Pope's offer and accepted, returning to his Khanate's capital in Hungary, Attila was filled with joy. But he felt that Honoria broke her promise, and was aggitated by this offense. And so Attila married the great niece of the Visigoth king, Alaric. However, in 453 AD, after years of war, one of Attila's arteries burst and Attila the Hun died from choking on his on blood.
- In The Inferno, Dante and Virgil witness the shade of Attila within the boiling River Phlegethon, suffering for his violence against others.
- The Emperor Valentien's sister, Honoria, had wrote a letter to Attila asking him to marry her.
- Although described as a fearesome monster by the Romans, Attila was revered by the Turkish, Hungarian and Mongol people around the world and shown to be a benovolent ruler.
- As Lucifer assumes his second form, he mentions that he tried to have Attila free him from his prison only to fail.
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