At dawn on the following day, when the Romans saw the fields werepiled high with bodies and that the Huns did not venture forth, theythought the victory was theirs, but knew that Attila would not fleefrom the battle unless overwhelmed by a great disaster. Yet he didnothing cowardly, like one that is overcome, but with clash of armssounded the trumpets and threatened an attack. He was like a lionpierced by hunting spears, who paces to and fro before the mouth ofhis den and dares not spring, but ceases not to terrify theneighborhood by his roaring. Even so this warlike king at bayterrified his conquerors. (213) Therefore the Goths and Romansassembled and considered what to do with the vanquished Attila. Theydetermined to wear him out by a siege, because he had no supply ofprovisions and was hindered from approaching by a shower of arrowsfrom the bowmen placed within the confines of the Roman camp. But itwas said that the king remained supremely brave even in thisextremity and had heaped up a funeral pyre of horse trappings, sothat if the enemy should attack him, he was determined to casthimself into the flames, that none might have the joy of wounding himand that the lord of so many races might not fall into the hands ofhis foes.


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