The Best Of The Worst
I love the use of the word ‘ superlative’ here – is it, do you think, the highest or lowest quality of which we speak about Attila the Hun?! The artist, though, did not study this great man much because here he looks less like a fierce much feared warrior king of a mighty nation than someone worried about what to order for lunch and whose undies are too tight.
Here is a true description given by Priscus, 5th Century Easter Roman Diplomat: ” He was a man born into the world to shake the nations, the scourge of all lands, who in some way terrified all mankind by the dreadful rumours noised abroad concerning him. He was haughty in his walk, rolling his eyes hither and thither, so that the power of his proud spirit appeared in the movement of his body. He was indeed a lover of war…..Short of stature with a broad chest and large head; his eyes were small; his beard thin and sprinkled with grey; and he had a flat nose and swarthy skin, evidence of his origin.
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