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Attila the Hun (Attila, Etzel, the Scourge of God)

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Born: 406 AD
Died: 453 AD, at 47 years of age.

Nationality: Mongolian
Categories: King, Political Leader

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406 AD - Born in Hungary. He was called the Scourge of God by the Romans, Attila the Hun was King and General of the Hun Empire.

 

433 AD - Succeeding his Uncle, King Roas, Attila shared his throne with his brother Bleda.

 

434 AD - East Roman Emperor Theodosius II offered Attila and Bleda 660 pounds of gold annually with hopes of securing an everlasting peace with the Huns.

 

441 AD - Attila's Huns attacked the Eastern Roman Empire. The success of this invasion emboldened Attila to continue his westward expansion.

 

451 AD - Suffered a setback on the Plains of Chalons, by the allied Romans and Visigoths, Attila turned his attention to Italy.

 

452 AD - After having laid waste to Aquileia and many Lombard cities, the Scourge of God met Pope Leo I who dissuaded him from sacking Rome.

 

453 AD - He died not on the battlefield, but on the night of his marriage. On that night Attila, who, despite common misconceptions, was not a heavy drinker, drank heavily in celebration of his new bride.


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