Pope Leo I, also known as Saint Leo the Great (c. 400 - November 10, 461 A.D.) was a Roman aristocrat and leader of the Catholic Church in the mid-5th century A.D. He is depicted as a hero Monk in the last scenario of the Attila the Hun campaign in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, where Attila must meet with him to discuss the abandonment of his invasion of Italy. He is also available in the Scenario Editor.

Pope Leo I is affected by all upgrades and bonuses that affect Monks. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health. If he picks up a Relic, however, an unresolved glitch turns him into a regular Monk.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Leo I is the oldest Pope to be nicknamed "The Great". The others are Gregory I (c. 540-604), Nicholas I (c. 800-867), and John Paul II (1920-2005).
  • Although depicted as meeting Attila outside the walls of Rome, the real encounter took place on the south shore of Lake Garda near Verona, as the Huns did not cross the Po river in reality.
  • The game follows tradition in depicting Leo as the reason for Attila's withdrawal, though in reality he was part of a Roman embassy that also included Consul Avienus and former Prefect Trygetius, who had lead the peace negotiations with the Vandal king Gaiseric in 435 A.D.
    • Incidentally, Gaiseric would sack Rome himself in 455 A.D., only three years after Attila's withdrawal. This time, Leo is said to have convinced Gaiseric to loot the city without engaging in wanton murder and destruction.
  • The legend of Leo and Attila mirrors other stories about saints said to have spared their cities from destruction by the Huns by either praying or meeting with their leader, such as St. Servatus in Tongeren, St. Genevieve in Paris, and St. Lupus in Troyes.
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