Attila the Hun Essay

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Attila the Hun By Nikki Lyon With reference to ancient, modern and archaeological evidence, explain the historical significance of Attila the Hun Attila the Hun, one of the most successful barbarian rulers of the Hunnic Empire, was one of the most significant ancient leaders in history. He managed to capture and hold a vast amount of land at one time, expanding the Hunnic Empire. Ruthless and aggressive, Attila craved power and no obstacle was too great to interfere with his goal of ultimately becoming sole ruler. As part of achieving this goal, Attila kept himself informed of the Roman soldiers and their weaknesses, which aided him to become a prominent contributor to the fall of the Roman Empire. He was an influential military leader who managed to unite the Hunnic tribes and used fighting techniques that allowed him to create and sustain a powerful army. Attila’s ability to fight and destroy countries and armies that got in his way was incredible, meaning that acquiring land was not a difficult feat for him and his army. The Huns were masters of horseback and archery, making it easy for them to be able to defeat enemies without having to leave their horses. The narrator (Colgate Salsbury) of Attila the Hun and the Hun Army, says that the Huns were “passing over the land like locusts” which gives the impression that Attila swept across the lands with no concerns and defeated everything that got in his path. The Huns started off from the Mongolian area and headed towards Europe, and headed into a rise of power from nowhere. Their domination was completely unexpected and a lot of rulers did not know how to cope with their violence and the brutality of Attila himself. Legends that have been told for years say that the Huns “they dipped their arrows in the juice of boiled embryos, drank women’s blood, and were descended from unclean spirits” (Ben Taylor).

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