At·ti·la (ătl-ə, ə-tĭlə) 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.
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