134. Attila, the Scourge of God. Gibbon, Decline and Fall, Chap.
39, describes him thus:--
"Attila, the son of Mundzuk, deduced his noble, perhaps his
regal, descent from the ancient Huns, who had formerly contended
with the monarchs of China. His features, according to the
observation of a Gothic historian, bore the stamp of his national
origin; and the portrait of Attila exhibits the genuine deformity
of a modern Calmuk; a large head, a swarthy complexion, small,
deep-seated eyes, a flat nose, a few hairs in the place of a
beard, broad shoulders, and a short, square body, of nervous
strength, though of a disproportioned form. The haughty step and
demeanor of the King of the Huns expressed the consciousness of
his superiority above the rest of mankind; and he had a custom of
fiercely rolling his eyes, as if he wished to enjoy the terror
which he inspired. "
135. Which Pyrrhus and which Sextus, the commentators cannot
determine; but incline to Pyrrhus of Epirus, and Sextus Pompey,
the corsair of the Mediterranean.
137. Nothing more is known of these highwaymen than that the
first infested the Roman sea-shore, and that the second was of a noble
family of Florence.