Editor says, what if Attila the Hun had been victorious on the Catalaunian Plains? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality the Romans took the left side of the ridge, and they halted the Huns from taking the strategic center. As the Hunnish augurs predicted, the Huns would face a great loss, but one of the enemies would be killed; Attila hoped it would be Aetius. Attila fell back to lick his wounds, refitting his troops for a campaign against Marcian that would never happen due to his death (which may or may not have been natural causes) while at a feast for his latest marriage to a Gothic princess. His soldiers rode in circles around his funeral tent, chanting, "Who can rate this as death, when none believes it calls for vengeance?" Attila's sons would turn to infighting, and the Hunnish Empire would collapse a year later with a Gothic confederation. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.