Attila the Hun

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Attila the Hun, although a legend in our time, does not have a well-documented history. The Romans had sent an ambassador, Maximinus, to try to work out a diplomatic answer to stop the invasions of their territory with the Huns. Priscus was a Sophist philosopher who travelled with Maximinus during these proceedings, Priscus kept journals that documented his time with the Huns. This account is one of the very few accounts we have of Attila’s life. It is reported that he wrote seven or eight volumes on his experiences with the Huns but only a small fraction has survived and during that time his records were edited by the Romans that were assigned to them. Attila was born in was born in Hajdúböszörmény, in 406 AD. His father’s name was Mundiuch and it is unknown who is mother was. He is believed to have had a privileged upbringing because uncles, Octar and Rua, jointly ruled the Huns during this time. Most of his youth was spent in training with his older brother Bleda. Attila was disciplined in archery, swords, lasso and tending to the horses. He is reported to have been most likely bilingual speaking both Latin and Goth. He most likely would have spoken in Latin for his business dealings with the Romans. Goth would be spoken in his dealings with conquered territories. In the book, “The End of Empire” by Christopher Kelly, there is speculation that both Attila and his older brother Bleda were intended to rule just as their uncle’s Octar and Rua had ruled, in joint power. After Octar died, sometime during in the 420’s, Rua was left to rule on his own. Rua set up a peace treaty with Rome in 430 A.D. for a tribute of 350 pounds of gold annually. Attila and his brother Bleda took control in 434 A.D. when Rua died. There is speculation that there may have been some treachery that enabled Bleda and Attila to take power of the Huns, because most likely Rua had sons…...

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