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December 27th, 2007

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03:22 am - Attila

I was recently listening to some of those Teaching Company lectures.  This one was an overview of Roman history from Frances Titchener.  One can always find fault with how someone decides to treat history within a limited format, so I won't dwell on what was missing.  But she mentioned that Attila was an Arian Christian.  This was news to me.  I think the Arians of Ravenna asked Attila to convert and slaughter the Catholics, but I wasn't aware that he actually had converted.  Now, I'm not an expert in Roman history; I do German and French medieval literature, so what do I know?  It's nothing I've ever heard before though, so I'd like to know if anyone here had ever heard of Attila the Arian.
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Date:December 27th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)

Teaching Company

Not trying to be picky here, but Frances Titchener's Roman history course is in the Modern Scholar series, not the Teaching Company. I do think there is a difference in quality between the two formats, so I'm not surprised she could get away with saying something more controversial in a modern scholar lecture. But in the end that kind of makes things more interesting?

Isn't the whole meeting of Attila with the pope shrouded in mystery as to what they could have agreed on to prevent further slaughter? Any related claim of conversion is also just speculation.

You might find my Teaching Company user forums to be useful. I review all lectures in their new courses:



Doug van Orsow

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