King of the Huns, called the Scourge of God. He welded the disorganized Scythian warriors into a compact body that became the terror of Europe and Asia. Emboldened by the success of an invasion of the Roman Empire, he swept through Austria, Germany, and Gaul with unheard-of ferocity. Allied Romans and Visigoths defeated him at Chalone in 451, and averted the peril which menaced Western civilization. Attila went to Italy and laid Lombardy waste, 452. Approaching Rome, he was met by Pope Leo I near Mantua, and was dissuaded from sacking the city. He died shortly after.


  • 406 in Pannonia


  • 453 in Jazberin

MLA Citation

  • “Attila”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 October 2008. Web. 5 August 2021. <>