Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
- Seneca (via historical-nonfiction)
Cultural Misunderstanding and Attila the Hun
To escape a forced engagement to a senator she despised, Roman Emperor Valentinian II’s sister Honoria sent to Attila the Hun for help, by sending her engagement ring. Attila interpreted it as a marriage proposal, and asked for Rome as a dowry.