Dinner with Atilla the Hun // Priscus 448 CE // Primary Source #projectpannonia

published on August 1, 2020

to Earth's residence which was situated here was said to be more splendid than his houses in other places it was made of polished boards and surrounded with wooden enclosures designed not so much

For protection as for appearances sake the house of the chieftain on agusi as' was second only to the kings in splendour and was also encircled with a wooden enclosure but it was not adorned with towers like that of the king not

Far from the enclosure was a large bath built biology seus who was the second in power among the city ins the stones for this bath had been brought from Pannonia for the barbarians in this district had no stones or trees but used imported

Material the next day I entered the enclosure of atilla's palace bearing gifts to his wife whose name was cracker she had three sons of whom the eldest governed the akka Tier II and the other nations who dwell in Pontic Sevilla

Within enclosures were numerous buildings some of carved boards beautifully fitted together others of straight panned beams without carving fastened on round wooden blocks which rose to a moderate height from the

Ground atilla's wife lived here and having been admitted by the barbarians at the door I found her reclining on a soft couch the floor of the room was covered with woolen mats for walking on a number of servants stood round her and

Made sitting on the floor in front of her embroidered with colours linen cloths intended to be placed over the Scythian dress for ornament having approached saluted her and presented the gifts I went out and walked to the other

Houses where Attila was and waited for unagi's seus who as I knew was with Attila so number of people advancing and a great commotion and noise nutella's egress being expected and he came forth

From the house with a dignified strut looking round on this side and that he was accompanied by our geese yes and stood in front of the house and many persons who had lawsuits with one another came up and received his

Judgement then he returned into the house and received ambassador's of barbarous people's we're ovate it to a banquet with a teller at three o'clock when the hour arrived we went to the palace along with the embassy from the

Western Roman's and stood on the threshold of the hall in the presence of Attila the cupbearers gave us a cuff according to the national custom that we might

Pray before we sat down having tasted the cup we proceeded to take our seats all the chairs being arranged along the wall of the room on either side attila sat in the middle on a couch a second couch was set behind him and from its

Steps led up to his bed which was covered with the linen sheets and wrought coverlets for ornament such as Greeks and Romans used to deck bridal beds the places on the right of Attila were held chief in

Honor those on the left where we sat were only second first the king and his guests pledged one another with the wine when this ceremony was over the cup bearers retired and tables large enough for three or four even more to sit at

Were placed next to the table of a tiller so that each could take of the food on the dishes without leaving his seat the attendant of a tiller first entered with a dish full of meat and behind him came the other attendants

With bread and viens which they lay on the tables a luxurious meal served on silver plate had been made ready for us and the barbarian guests but Attila ain't nothing but meat on a wooden trencher in everything else too he

Showed himself temperate his cup was of wood while to the guests were given goblets of gold and silver his dress too was quite simple affecting only to be clean the sword he carried at his side the latch 'it's of his civilian shoes

The bridle of his horse were not adorned like those of the other Citians with gold or gems or anything costly when the viens of the first course had been consumed we all stood up did not resumed our seats until each one in the order

Before observed drank to the health of Attila in the goblet of wine presented to him we then sat down and the second dish was placed on each table with eatables of another kind after this course the same ceremony was

Observed as after the first when evening fell torches were lit and two barbarians coming forward in front of Attila sang songs they had composed celebrating his victories and diesel valor in war

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