In 452, Attila the Hun led an army to attack Rome. In order to protect the vulnerable city, Pope Leo met with Attila. It is unclear exactly what was said between the two leaders. What we do know is that at the end of the meeting, Attila and his army departed, leaving Rome untouched. In this lesson, students develop the skill of sourcing as they consider the question: What happened at the meeting between Pope Leo and Attila the Hun?
Image: Painting of the meeting of Pope Leo and Attila created in 1514 by Raphael. From the Wikimedia Commons.