Pope Leo and Attila the Hun

452 C.E.

Pope Leo and Attila the Hun

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Raphael’s 1514 Painting

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Rome Grows Weaker
Beginning in the 200s
CE, Rome faced
many challenges:
• Weak leaders
• Economic troubles
• Invaders
Emperor Alexander Severus –
murdered by his own soldiers

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Invasions

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Attila the Hun
• Attila the Hun led an attack on Gaul.
• Roman Army and German allies
defeated him in 451.
• Attila then attacked the city of Rome.
• In 452, Attila peacefully left Rome
after a meeting with Pope Leo.

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Central Historical Question
What happened at the
meeting between Pope Leo
and Attila the Hun?

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