Origin of AttilaGothic atta, father ( from baby talk) + -ila, diminutive suffix
Known as “the Scourge of the Gods.” AD 406?-453
King of the Huns (433?-453) who reigned over a large empire. He led a successful invasion of the Roman Empire but stopped short of sacking Rome.
- Their empire, however, speedily broke up after the death of their king Attila in 453.
- The 4th century found Mutina in a state of decay; the ravages of Attila and the troubles of the Lombard period left it a ruined city in a wasted land.
- Saxo Poeta and the Quedlinburg chronicle) it was her father whom she revenged; but when the treacherous overthrow of the Burgundians by Attila had become a theme for epic poets, she figured as a Burgundian princess, and her act as done in revenge for her brothers.
- There were still a Roman general and Roman troops when Attila was defeated in the campi Catalaunici in A.D.
- Procopius says that they were far more civilized than the Huns of Attila, and the Turkish ambassador who was received by Justin is said to have described them as av-rucoi, which may merely mean that they lived in the cities which they conquered.