Essay on Attila the Hun

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Attila the Hun


Attila the Hun is known as one of the most ferocious leaders of ancient times. He was
given the nickname “Scourge God” because of his ferocity. During the twentieth century,
“Hun” was one of the worst name you could call a person, due to Attila. The Huns were a
barbaric and savage group of people, and Attila, their leader, was no exception. He was
the stereotypical sacker of cities and killer of babies. The Huns lasted long after their
disappearance in mythology and folklore, as the bad guy. Generally, they were not fun
people to be around.


Priscus saw Attila the Hun at a banquet in 448. Priscus described him as being a short,
squat man with a large head and deep-set eyes. He also had a flat nose and a thin beard.
Historians say that his general personality was irritable, blustering, and truculent. He
was said to be a persistent negotiator, and not at al pitiless.


While Priscus was at the banquet in 448, he observed a few other details about Attila. All
of Attila’s chief lieutenants were served dainties on silver platters, but he was served
only meat on wooden plates. No other real qualities of Attila as a general really survived
through time, but he is thought to have been an outstanding commander from his
accomplishments as a barbarian.


Huns themselves were mysterious and feared people. They first appeared in the Fourth
Century around the Roman Empire. They rode their warhorses around and cause the Germanic
barbarians and Romans alike to fear them. Yet, it was said that they were very
uncivilized. It was said that they made no use of fire, and just ate the roots of plants
they found in fields. They were also said to have eaten the almost raw meat of animals.
The only reason the meat was “almost raw” was because they were said to have “cooked” it
by placing it between their thighs and the backs of their horses to give it warmth.


The Huns sometimes engaged in regular battle. They would attack in an order of columns,
and scream very disorderly and savage cries. Most of the time, though, the Huns just
fought in a very random way. They would scream and run about and then all come together in
a large group. They would then, as a group, approach the camp or town of the people they
were attacking, and destroy it. Most of the time, the people the Huns attacked never even
saw them coming.


There were many ways in which the Huns chose to fight. They often started from a distance,
and missiled sharpened bones and other objects attached to a long stick into the territory
of their victims. When they were forced to fight in close combat, they often fought
without regard to their own safety. They often fought with swords, and they threw a net
over their enemy as to entangle his limbs so that he could no longer walk or ride or
horse. This is how they earned the title of Barbarians.


The Romans initial impression of the Huns was fear. But after awhile, the Huns settled on
the coast of Danube, the great Hungarian Plain, and became allies of the Romans, instead
of attacking them as enemies. In return, the Roman Empire paid them a sum of money to not
attack them Roman Empire. The Huns agreed with this, and remained mostly neutral toward
the Romans for about fifty years.


Things between the Romans and the Huns began to fall apart when Attila was named King of
the Huns in 434. Attila and his brother, Bleda, inherited a large empire. They had been
made joint kings of a vast area from the Alps to the Caspian seas, in the east, to the
Baltic Sea in the West. Because of the Roman treaty with the Huns at Margus, The Romans
had to pay the Huns seven hundred pounds of gold annually to leave them alone. Attila’s
actions between 435 and 439 are basically unknown, and were not major or overly important.
It is said that he may have subdued barbarians to the north of east of his dominions, but
no one can be sure.


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