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Profile of Attila the Hun
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Hi, I’m Jade.  Today with About.com we are going to discuss Attila the Hun, using lessons from the About.com guidesite.Attila was the ruler of the Huns from 434-453AD, leading several large scale campaigns against the Roman Empire.  His actions lead to him being called 'the scourge of God.'The Huns were a Eurasian nomadic tribe who had a history of victories over the Roman Empire when their ruler who was Attila’s uncle died in 434, leaving the empire to Attila and Bleda.  The brothers took over negotiations that the Huns had been conducting with the Eastern Roman Empire, resulting in the Treaty of Margus; doubling tribute paid to the Huns to 700 gold pounds and opening of the Roman markets to Hun traders.  Satisfied, Attila left the Roman Empire, to attack Persia. When the Hun’s were defeated in Armenia, Attila turned once again to Eastern Europe.  In 440 he attacked the market town established by the Treaty of Margus, and many other Roman city-states along the Danube until a new treaty was established which raised the annual tribute to 2,100 gold pounds.Shortly after this campaign, around 445 AD, Bleda died, giving Attila full power over the Huns.In 450, Attila received a letter and an engagement ring from Honoria, the sister of Emperor Valentinian III, seeking help to free her from a forced engagement.  Attila interpreted these actions to be a proposal of marriage, which he accepted (along with Honoria’s dowry of most of the Western Roman Empire).  Though both Honoria and Valentinian III refused Attila’s claim, he would not be denied.  The Hun army marched through modern day France and Germany, not being stopped until their defeat at the Battle of Chalons, causing Attila to retreat.In 452, Attila once again attacked the Roman Empire seeking to claim Honoria as his bride.  This time the Huns marched on Italy, which was weak due to famine and disease.  Attila marched all the way to Rome, turning back due to low supplies in Italy and the presence of disease.  There is another story though that Pope Leo met and dissuaded Attila from attacking Rome.Attila died on his wedding night in 453, he did not marry Honoria. Though there is some suspicion about possible murder at the hands of his bride, it is most likely that Attila died of a nosebleed or alcohol poisoning.  He was buried at the bottom of a river, and those that buried him were killed in order to hide his whereabouts.After his death, the Hun Empire became divided and ultimately conquered.Thanks for watching.  For more information, please visit About.com
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