Atilla the hun

However, in 445, Attila murdered his brother and obtained entire rule of the Hun kingdom. As king, Attila demanded large amounts of tribute from the Roman Empire and destroyed nearby villages when his demands were not met. For many years, the Eastern Roman Empire, ruled by Theodosius II, paid Attila extreme amounts of money and gifts to keep an unsteady state of peace. Even though he was very rich, Attila led a very simple life. He ate normal Hun food, which was usually raw meat, and wore plain clothes. His belief system was most likely that of the ancient Roman gods, for throughout his life, he cared nothing for the Church or Christianity. In 451, Attila turned his aggression towards the Western Roman Empire in an attempt to expand his kingdom. The Huns organized one of the largest invasions of the time composed of perhaps as many as a half a million men. The Huns spread across Gaul and pillaged many great cities. The Romans quickly united with the Visigoths, enemies of the Huns, and formed an army to meet Attila and the Huns. The Huns were surprisingly halted and forced to retreat a hundred miles. The enemy pursued them and on



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