History really does repeat itself. Although the anecdote of Licinia Eudoxia calling on Gaiseric to come rescue her is more dramatic (and this having disastrous results for Italy and Rome in particular), the feat had first been done just a couple of years before by Honoria, the sister of Valentinian III. It seems Valentinian arranged a political marriage between her and some influential Senator. But no one bothered to get her consent in the deal and she rushed an emissary to none other than Attila the Hun.
Attila wasted no time in coming to the rescue of his damsel in distress. Of course, it was a perfect pretext for sacking Italy all the way to Rome. He was turned away at the gates by the Pope who convinced him, only God knows how, to go back home with his rowdy army. Within a year or two both her and Attila had died.
RIC 2022 Solidus Obv: DNIVSTGRATHONORIAPFAVG – Diademed, draped bust right, wearing necklace and cross on shoulder; crowned by Manus Dei.
Rev: BONOREIPVBLICAE Exe: R/V/COMOB – Victory standing left, holding jeweled long cross, star above in left field. c.430-445 (Ravenna). $7,750 1/13/03.
RIC 2068, Depeyrot 47/10 Tremissis Obv: DNIVSTGRATHONORIAPFAVG – Diademed, draped bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: COMOB – Wreath, cross within. c.439 (Ravenna). $3,500 1/13/03.
Unlisted Tremissis Obv: DNIVSTGRATHONORIAPFAVG – Diademed, draped bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: CONOB – Wreath, cross within. c.430-449 (Constantinople).
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