Their empire, however, speedily broke up after the death of their king Attila in 453.
He takes refuge in Hungary with Etzel (Attila), by whose aid he finally recovers his kingdom.
The 4th century found Mutina in a state of decay; the ravages of Attila and the troubles of the Lombard period left it a ruined city in a wasted land.
He is the first to introduce the name of Attila, and dates the occurrence 453.
It is usually affirmed that the state of Venice owes its origin to the barbarian invasions of north Italy; that it was founded by refugees from the mainland cities who sought asylum from the Huns in the impregnable shallows and mud banks of the lagoons; and that the year 452, the year when Attila sacked Aquileia, may be taken as the birth-year of Venice.