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The Huns were a nomadic people who lived in Central Asia the Caucasus and Eastern Europe between the 4th and 6th century AD according to European tradition they were first reported living east of the Volga River in an area that was part of Scythia at the time the Huns arrival is associated with the migration westward of a Scythian people the Allens by 370 ad the Huns had arrived on the Volga and by 430 the Huns had established a vast if short-lived Dominion in Europe in the 18th century the French scholar Josef dig Wiens became the first to propose a link between the Huns and the Xiongnu people who were northern neighbors of China in the 3rd century BC since gheens time considerable scholarly effort has been devoted to investigating such a connection however there is no scholarly consensus on a direct connection between the dominant element of the Xiongnu and that of the Huns Priscus a 5th century Roman diplomat and historian mentions that the Huns had a language of their own little of it has survived and scholars have considered whether it was related to Turkic mongolic or even to music language families although the almost complete lack of a text corpus renders the language unclassifiable at present some researchers indeed argue the original Huns may have had a Yenisei and tribal elite which ruled initially over various Turkic mongolic and Iranian speaking tribes numerous other ethnic groups were included under Attila the Huns rule including very many speakers of Gothic which some modern scholars describe as a lingua franca of the Empire their main military technique was mounted archery the Huns may have stimulated the great migration a contributing factor in the collapse of the Western Roman Empire they formed a unified Empire under Attila the Hun who died in 453 after a defeat at the Battle of neta their empire disintegrated over the next 15 years their descendants or successors with similar names are recorded by neighboring populations to the south east and west as having occupied parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia from about the 4th to 6th centuries variants of the Hun name are recorded in the Caucasus until the early 8th century the memory of the Huns also lived on in various Christian saints lives where the play the roles of antagonists as well as in Germanic heroic legend where the Huns are variously antagonists or allies to the Germanic main figures in Hungary a legend developed based on medieval chronicles that the Hungarians and the CKD ethnic group in particular are descended from the Huns however mainstream scholarship dismisses a close connection between the Hungarians and Huns topic origin the origins of the Huns and their links to other steppe people remain uncertain scholars generally agree that they originated in Central Asia but disagree on the specifics of their origins classical sources assert that they appeared in Europe suddenly around 370 most typically Roman writers attempt to elucidate the origins of the Huns simply equated them with earlier step peoples Roman writers also repeated a tale that the Huns had entered the domain of the Goths while they were pursuing a wild stag or else one of their cows that had gotten loose across the Kerch Strait into Crimea discovering the land good they then attacked the Goths jordan says get akka relates that the Goths held the Huns to be offspring of unclean spirits and Gothic witches topic relation to the Xiongnu and other people’s called Huns since Joseph Digg Wiens in the 18th century modern historians have associated the Huns who appeared on the borders of Europe in the 4th century AD with the Xiongnu who had invaded China from the territory of present-day Mongolia between the 3rd century BC and the second century AD due to the devastating defeat by the Chinese Han Dynasty the northern branch of the Xiongnu had retreated north westward their descendants may have migrated through Eurasia and consequently they may have some degree of cultural and genetic continuity with the Huns scholars also discussed the relationship between the Xiongnu the Huns and a number of people in Central Asia were also known as her came to be identified with the name hun or Iranian Huns the Chia Knights dakedo rights and the hoof delights or white Huns being the most prominent Otto J maintain health and was the first to challenge the traditional approach based primarily on the study of written sources and to emphasize the importance of archaeological research since maintian health ins work the identification of the Xiongnu as the Huns ancestors has become controversial additionally several scholars have questioned the identification of the iranian Huns with the european Huns walter pol cautions that none of the great Confederations of steppe warriors was ethnically homogeneous and the same name was used by different groups for reasons of prestige or by outsiders to describe their lifestyle or geographic origin it is therefore futile to speculate about identity or blood relationships between HS IU and G nu left the lights and Attila’s Huns for instance all we can safely say is that the name Huns in late antiquity described prestigious ruling groups of steppe warriors recent scholarship particularly by young Jin Kim and Etienne de la vie sea air has revived the hypothesis that the Huns and the Xiongnu are one and the same de la vie sea air argues that ancient chinese and indian sources used song nu and hunt to translate each other and that the various Iranian Huns were similarly identified with the Xiongnu Kim believes that the term Han was not primarily an ethnic group but a political category and argues for a fundamental political and cultural continuity between the Xiongnu and the European hunts as well as between the Xiongnu Anna Iranian Huns you topic race ancient descriptions of the Huns are uniform in stressing their strange appearance from a Roman perspective these descriptions typically caricature the Huns as monsters jordanes stressed that the Huns were short of stature and had tan skin various writers mentioned that the Huns had small eyes and flat noses the Roman writer Priscus gives the following eyewitness description of Attila short of stature with a broad chest and a large head his eyes were small his beard thin and sprinkled with grey and he had a flat nose and tanned skin showing evidence of his origin many scholars take these to be unflattering depictions of East Asian mongoloid racial characteristics main chin health and argues that while many Huns had some East Asian racial characteristics they were unlikely to have looked as Asiatic as the ocular Tongass he notes that archeological finds have presumed Huns suggest that they were a racially mixed group containing only some individuals with East Asian features Kim similarly cautions against seeing the Huns as a homogeneous racial group while still arguing that they were partially or predominantly of mongoloid extraction at least initially quote some archeologists have argued that archaeological finds have failed to prove that the Huns had any mongoloid features at all and some scholars have argued that the Huns were predominantly Caucasian Kim notes that at the Battle of chlons 451 the vast majority of Attila’s entourage and troops appears to have been European topic history topic before Attila the Romans became aware of the huns when the latter’s invasion of the pondok steps forced thousands of Goths to move to the lower Danube to seek refuge in the Roman Empire in 376 the Huns conquered the Allens the growth ngey or Western Goths and then the 13-year eastern Goths in 395 the Huns began their first large-scale attack on the eastern Roman Empire Huns attacked in Thrace overran Armenia and pillaged Cappadocia they entered parts of Syria threatened Antioch and passed through through the province of ufer diva after this the Huns invaded the Sassanid Empire this invasion was initially successful coming close to the capital of the empire at si te siphon however they were defeated badly during the Persian counter-attack during their brief diversion from the eastern Roman Empire the Huns may have threatened tribes further west old in the first hunt known by name headed a group of Huns and Allen’s fighting against Radig ASIS in defense of Italy alden was also known for defeating gothic rebels giving trouble to the east Romans around the Danube and beheading the goth gained is around four hundred to four hundred one the east Romans began to feel the pressure from Aldens Huns again in 408 olden crossed the Danube and pillaged Thrace the east Romans tried to buy Alden off but his sum was too high so they instead bought off Alden subordinates this resulted in many desertions from alguns group of Huns Hunnish mercenaries are mentioned on several occasions being employed by the east and west Romans as well as the Goths during the late 4th and 5th century in 433 some parts of Pannonia were ceded to them by Flavius EDS the Magister militant of the Western Roman Empire topic under attila from 434 the brothers attila and blade a ruled the hunts together Attila and blader were ambitious as their uncle rutila in 435 they forced the eastern roman empire to sign the treaty of Margus giving the Huns trade rights and an annual tribute from the Romans when the Romans breached the treaty in 440 Attila and bladah attacked Castro Constantius a Roman fortress and marketplace on the banks of the Danube war broke out between the Huns and Romans and the Huns overcame a weak Roman army to raze the cities of Margus singer Dunham and Vinay sium although a truce was concluded in 441 two years later constantinople again failed to deliver the tribute and war resumed in the following campaign hun armies approached constantinople and sacked several cities before defeating the Romans at the Battle of chersonesus the eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius ii gave into hunda man’s and in autumn 443 signed the Peace of Anatolia swith the two hunting’s bladed I’d in 445 and Attila became the sole ruler of the Huns in 447 Attila invaded the Balkans and Thrace the war came to an end in 449 with an agreement in which the Romans agreed to pay a till an annual tribute of 2100 pounds of gold throughout their raids on the eastern Roman Empire the Huns had maintained good relations with the Western Empire however in Honoria sister of the Western Roman Emperor Valentinian the third sent a Atilla a ring and requested his help to escape her betrothal to a senator attila claimed her as his bride and half the western roman empire as dowry additionally a dispute arose about the rightful heir to a king of the salian franks in 451 Attila’s forces entered gaul once in gaul the Huns first attacked Metz then his armies continued westwards passing both Paris and troice to lay siege to or lay on Flavius Adeus was given the duty of relieving or Leon by Emperor Valentinian the third a combined army of Roman and Visigoths then defeated the Huns at the Battle of the Catalonian Plains the following year attila renewed his claims to Honoria and territory in the Western Roman Empire leading his army across the Alps and into northern Italy he sacked and raised a number of cities hoping to avoid the sack of Rome Emperor Valentinian the third sent three envoys the high civilian officers gennadius abbe inocent Rajesh Asst as well as Pope Leo the first who met Attila at minseo in the vicinity of Mantua and obtained from him the promise that he would withdraw from Italy and negotiate peace with the Emperor the new eastern Roman Emperor Marcion then halted tribute payments resulting in a Atilla planning to attack Constantinople however in 453 he died of a hemorrhage on his wedding night topic after Attila after a Taylor’s death in 453 the Hunnic Empire faced an internal power struggle between its vassal eyes Germanic peoples in the Hunnic ruling body led by ellic attila’s favorite son and ruler of the Akatsuki the Huns engaged the Gepard king our derek at the Battle of Neto who led a coalition of Germanic peoples to overthrow Hunnic Imperial Authority the amali Goths would revolt the same year under Vil a mere allegedly defeating the Huns in a separate engagement however this did not result in the complete collapse of hunting power in the Carpathian region but did result in the loss of many of their Germanic vassals at the same time the Huns were also dealing with the arrival of more augur turkic-speaking peoples from the east including the ogres Serra Gore’s own ogres and thus appears in 463 the Serra gore’s defeated the akan Seri or a Kadir Huns and asserted dominance in the Pontic region the Western Huns under Deng such experienced difficulties in 461 when they were defeated by villa mere in a war against the santa giuse of people allied with the Huns his campaigning was also met with dissatisfaction from earning ruler of the akan Ceri hunts who wanted to focus on the incoming ogre speaking people’s dens each attacked the Romans in 467 without the assistance of ur neck he was surrounded by the Romans and besieged and came to an agreement that they would surrender if they were given land and his starving forces given food during the negotiations a hunting service of the Romans named she’ll chill persuaded the enemy Goths to attack their hunt overlords the Romans under their general a spar and with the help of his bachelor e then attacked the quarreling Goths and Huns defeating them in 469 den ziget was defeated and killed in Thrace after densey gages death the Huns seemed to have been absorbed by other ethnic groups such as the bull Gers Kim however argues that the Huns continued under earn ik becoming the ku trigger and you Tagore Hondo Bulger’s this conclusion is still subject to some controversy some scholars also argue that another group identified in ancient sources as Huns the North Caucasian hunts were genuine hunts the rulers of various post Hunnic steppe peoples are known to have claimed descent from Attila in order to legitimize their right to power and various steppe peoples were also called Huns by Western and Byzantine sources from the fourth century onward lifestyle and economy topic pastoral nomadism the Huns have traditionally been described as pastoral nomads living off of hurting and moving from pasture to pasture to graze their animals Jung Jin Kim however holds the term nomads to be misleading te term nomads if it denotes a wandering group of people with no clear sense of territory cannot be applied wholesale to the Hong’s all the so called nomads of Eurasian steppe history where people’s whose territory territories were usually clearly defined who is pastoralists moved about in search of pasture but within a fixed territorial space maintian health and notes that pastoral nomads or semi nomads typically alternate between summer pastures and winter quarters while the pastures may vary the winter quarters always remain the same this is in fact what jordanes writes of the Han occult xia giri tribe they pastured near terse anon the Crimea and then wintered further north with maintian health and holding the size as a likely location ancient sources mentioned that the Huns herds consisted of various animals including cattle horses and goats sheep though unmentioned in ancient sources are more essential to the steppe nomads even than horses and must have been a large part of their herds additionally maintian health and argues that the Huns may have kept small herds of Bactrian camels in the part of their territory in modern Romania and Ukraine something attested for the Tsar Nations immunised says that the majority of the Huns diet came from the meat of these animals with maintian health and arguing on the basis of what is known of other steppe nomads that they likely mostly ate mutton along with sheep’s cheese and milk they also certainly ate horse meat drank mares milk and likely made cheese in kumis in times of starvation they may have boiled their horses blood for food ancient sources uniformly denied that the Huns practiced any sort of agriculture Thompson taking these accounts at their word argues that w without the assistance of the settled agricultural population at the edge of the step they could not have survived he argues that the Huns were forced to supplement their diet by hunting and gathering maintian health and however notes that archaeological finds indicate that various steppe Nomad populations did grow grain in particular he identifies a find at Cunha u-az in queires amman the o bravura of agriculture among a people who practiced artificial cranial deformation as evidence of Hunnic agriculture Kim similarly argues that all step empires have possessed both pastoralist and sedentary populations classifying the Hans s agro pastoralist you topic horses and transportation as a nomadic people the Huns spent a great deal of time riding horses on me and has claimed that the Huns are almost glued to their horses Zosima same that they live and sleep on their horses and Cydonia shamed that s cars had an infant learned to stand without his mother’s aid when a horse takes him on his back they appear to have spent so much time riding that they walked clumsily something observed in other nomadic groups Roman sources characterized the hunting horses as ugly it is not possible to determine the exact breed of horse the Huns used despite relatively good Roman descriptions seiner believes that it was likely a breed of mongolian pony however horse remains are absent from all identified hun burials based on anthropological descriptions and archaeological finds of other nomadic horses maintian health and believes that they rode mostly geldings besides horses ancient sources mentioned that the Huns used wagons for transportation which maintenance were primarily used to transport their tents booty and the old people women and children topic economic relations with the Romans the Huns received a large amount of gold from the Romans either in exchange for fighting for them as mercenaries or as tribute raiding and looting also furnished the Huns with gold and other valuables civilians and soldiers captured by the Huns might also be ransomed back or else sold to Roman slave dealers as slaves the Huns themselves maintain health and argues had little use for slaves due to their nomadic pastoralist lifestyle those slaves that existed likely performed menial tasks Thompson argues that all Hunnic slaves appear to have been captives from war the Huns also traded with the Romans he aid Thompson argued that this trade was very large scale with the Huns trading horses first meat and slaves for Roman weapons linen and grain and various other luxury goods while maintian helfen concedes that the Huns traded their horses for what he considered to have been a very considerable source of income in gold he is otherwise skeptical of Thompson’s argument he notes that the Romans strictly regulated trade with the barbarians and that according to Priscus trade only occurred at a fair once a year while he notes that smuggling also likely occurred he argues that the volume of both legal and illegal trade was apparently modest he does note that wine and silk appeared to have been imported into the Hunnic Empire in large quantities however Roman gold coins appear to have been in circulation as currency within the whole of the Hunnic Empire topic government Hunnic governmental structure has long been debated Peter Heather argues that the Huns were a disorganized Confederation in which leaders acted completely independently and that eventually established a ranking hierarchy much like Germanic societies denis signer similarly notes that with the exception of the historically uncertain Balam er no hun leaders are named in the sources until Alden indicating their relative unimportance Thompson argues that permanent kingship only developed with the Huns invasion of Europe and the near constant warfare that followed regarding the organization of Hunnic rule under Attila Peter golden comments it can hardly be called a state much less an empire golden speaks instead of a hunnit Confederacy Kim however argues that the Huns continued the Xiongnu state organization in which their polity was divided into left-right south and north in that order of priority Kim argues that the Huns continued the Council of six horns Nobles that the Xiongnu had under their emperor likewise kim suggests that the Huns continued to use the decimal military organization of the Xiongnu as well amy and has said that the Huns of his day had no kings but rather that each group of Huns instead had a group of leading men primates for times of war ii a thompson supposes that even in war the leading men had little actual power he further argues that they most likely did not acquire their position purely hereditarily Heather however argues that ami and his merely means that the Huns didn’t have a single ruler he notes that Olympia Doris mentions the Huns having several kings with one being the first of the Kings Omni andis also mentions that the Huns made their decisions in a general council omne zijn commune while seated on horseback he makes no mention of the Huns organization in two tribes but Priscus and other writers do naming some of them the first Hunnic ruler known by name is Eldon Thompson takes old in sudden disappearance after he was unsuccessful at war as a sign that the Hunnic kingship was democratic at this time rather than a permanent institution kim however argues that alden is actually a title and that he was likely merely a sub king Priscus calls Attila king or Emperor bacillus but it is unknown what native title he was translating with the exception of the sole rule of Attila the Huns often had two rulers Attila himself later appointed his son alack his cocaine subject peoples of the Huns were led by their own kings Priscus also speaks a pict men or low gates low gates forming part of a Tila’s government naming five of them samatha picked men seem to have been chosen because of birth others for reasons of merit thompson argued that these picked men were the hinge upon which the entire administration of the hun empire turned he argues for their existence in the government of alden and that each had command over detachments of the Hunnic army and ruled over specific portions of the Hunnic empire where they were responsible also for collecting tribute and provisions maintian health and however argues that the word low gates denotes simply prominent individuals and not a fixed rank with fixed duties kim affirms the importance of the low gates for hunting administration but notes that there were differences of rank between them and suggests that it was more likely lower ranking officials who gathered taxes and tribute he suggests that various Roman defectors to the Huns may have worked in a sort of Imperial bureaucracy topic society and culture topic art and material culture there are two sources for the material culture and art of the huns ancient descriptions in archaeology unfortunately the nomadic nature of hunt society means that they have left very little in the archaeological record it can be difficult to distinguish Hunnic archaeological finds from those of the Sarmatian x’ as both peoples lived in close proximity and seemed to have had very similar material cultures kim thus cautions that it is difficult to assign any artifact to the Huns ethnically roman descriptions of the Huns meanwhile are often highly biased stressing they’re supposed primitiveness archaeological finds have produced a large number of cauldrons that have since the work of paul rynek in 1896 been identified as having been produced by the Huns although typically described as bronze cauldrons the cauldrons are often made of copper which is generally of poor quality maintian health enlists 19 known finds of Hunnish cauldrons from all over Central and Eastern Europe and Western Siberia he argues from the state of the bronze castings that the Huns were not very good metalsmiths and that it is likely that the cauldrons were cast in the same locations where they were found they come in various shapes and are sometimes found together with vessels of various other origins maintian health and argues that the cauldrons were cooking vessels for boiling meat but that the fact that many are found deposited near water and were generally not buried with individuals may indicate a sacral usage as well the cauldrons appeared to derive from those used by the Xiongnu ami anise also reports that the Huns had iron swords Thompson is skeptical that the Huns cast them themselves but maintian helfen argues that t he idea that the Hun horsemen fought their way to the walls of Constantinople into the Marne with bartered and captured swords as absurd both ancient sources and archaeological finds from graves confirmed that the Huns wore elaborately decorated golden or gold-plated diadem’s maintian helfen lists a total of six known Hunnish diadem’s Hunnic women seem to have worn necklaces and bracelets of mostly imported beads of various materials as well the later common early medieval practice of decorating jewelry and weapons with gemstones appears to have originated with the Huns they are also known to have made small mirrors of an originally Chinese type which often appear to have been intentional broken when placed into a grave archaeological finds indicate that the Huns wore gold plaques as ornaments on their clothing as well as imported glass beads on me and his reports that they wore clothes made of linen or the furs of marmots and leggings of goat skin AMI and his reports that the Huns had no buildings but in passing mentions that the Huns possessed tents and wagons maintian health and believes that the Huns likely had tents of felt and sheepskin Priscus once mentions at Teela’s tent and jordanes reports that attila lay in state in a silk tent however by the middle of the fifth century the Huns are also known to have also owned permanent wooden houses which maintian health and believes were built by their Gothic subjects topic artificial cranial deformation artificial cranial deformation was practiced by the Huns and sometimes by tribes under their influence artificial cranial deformation of the circular type can be used to trace the route that the Huns took from North China to the Central Asian steppes and subsequently to the southern Russian steppes the people who practiced an Euler type artificial cranial deformation in Central Asia were using cushions some artificially deformed crania from the 5th 6th century AD have been found in northeastern Hungary and elsewhere in Western Europe none of them have any mongoloid features and all the skulls appear euro poit these skulls may have belonged to Germanic or other subject groups whose parents wish to elevate their status by following a custom introduced by the Huns topic languages a variety of languages were spoken within the hun empire Priscus noted that the hunnic language differed from other languages spoken at a Teela’s court he recounts how a Teela’s gestures hurcomb ada teyla’s guests laugh also by the promiscuous jumble of words latin mixed with Hunnish and gothic Priscus said that a Tila’s Scythian subject spoke besides their own barbarian tongues either Hunnish or gothic or as many have dealings with the Western Romans flattened but not one of them easily speaks Greek except captives from the Thracian or illyrian frontier regions some scholars have argued that the Gothic was used as the lingua franca of the Hunnic Empire young Jin Kim argues that the Huns may have used as many as four languages at various levels of government without anyone being dominant Hunnic gothic Latin and Sarmatian as to the Hunnic language itself only three words are recorded in ancient sources as being Hunnic all of which appeared to be from an indo-european language all other information on Hunnic is contained in personal names and tribal ethnonyms on the basis of these names scholars have proposed that Hunnic may have been a Turkic language a language between mongolic and Turkic Orellana Sein language however given the small corpus many scholars hold the language to be unclassifiable topic religion almost nothing is known about the religion of the huns roman writer ami and his Marcellinus claimed that the Huns had no religion while the 5th century Christian writer Salvi include them as pagans jordans Aesthetica also records that the Huns worshiped the sword of Mars an ancient sword that signified to till his right to rule the whole world maintian helfen notes a widespread worship of a war God in the form of a sword among steppe peoples including among the Xiongnu denis signer however holds the worship of a sword among the hunts to be a proc raffle maintian health and also argues that while the Huns themselves do not appear to have regarded Attila as divine some of his subject people clearly did a belief in prophecy and divination is also attested among the Huns maintian health and argues that the performers of these acts of soothsaying and divination were likely shaman’s signer also finds it likely that the Huns had shaman’s although they are completely unattested main chin health and also deduces a belief in water spirits from a custom mentioned in ami anise he further suggests that the Huns may have made small metal wooden or stone idols which are attested among other steppe tribes and which a Byzantine source attests for the Huns in Crimea in the 6th century he also connects archaeological finds of Hunnish bronze cauldrons found buried near or in running water two possible rituals performed by the Hong’s in the spring John Mann argues that the Huns of attila’s time likely worshipped the sky and the steppe deity Tengri who has also attested as having been worshipped by the Xiongnu maintian health and also suggests the possibility that the Huns of this period may have worshipped Tengri but notes that the god is not attested in european records until the 9th century worship of Tengri under the name Tangra khan is attested among the Caucasian Huns in the armenian chronicle attributed to moths s task Sharan see during the later 7th century moths s also records that the Caucasian Huns worshipped trees and burnt horses as sacrifices to Tengri and a day made sacrifices to fire and water and to certain gods of the roads and to the moon and to all creatures considered in their eyes to be in some way remarkable there is also some evidence for human sacrifice among the European Huns maintian health and argues that humans appear to have been sacrificed at a Teela’s funerary right recorded in jordanes under the name Strava Priscus claims that the hun sacrificed their prisoners to victory after they entered Scythia but this is not otherwise that tested as a hunted custom and may be fiction in addition to these pagan beliefs there are numerous attestations of hunts converting to christianity and receiving Christian missionaries the missionary activities among the Huns of the Caucasus seem to have been particularly successful resulting in the conversion of the Hunnish Prince Albert BER Attila appears to have tolerated both Nicene and Aryan Christianity among his subjects topic warfare topic strategy and tactics hun warfare as a whole is not well studied and many scholars as of recent have discounted Ana’s description of the Huns while ami and his claims that the Huns knew no metalworking maintian health and argues that a people so primitive could never have been successful in war against the Romans a major source of information on hun warfare comes from the 6th century strategy icon which describes the warfare of dealing with the Scythians that is Avars turks and others whose way of life resembles that of the Hunnish peoples the strategy icon describes the Avars and Huns as devious and very experienced in military matters they are described as preferring to defeat their enemies by deceit surprise attacks and cutting off supplies the Huns brought large numbers of horses to use as replacements and to give the impression of a larger army on campaign the Hunnish people’s did not set up an entrenched camp but spread out across the grazing fields according to clan and guard their necessary horses until they began forming the battle line under the cover of early morning the strategy Kahn States the Huns also stationed sentries at significant distances and in constant contact with each other in order to prevent surprise attacks according to the strategy Kahn the Huns did not form a battle line in the method that the Romans and Persians used but in irregularly sized divisions in a single line and keep a separate force nearby for ambushes and as a reserve the strategy Kahn also states the Huns used deep formations with a dense and even front auto maintenance states that the Huns likely formed up in divisions according to tribal clans and families which Omni andis calls Q nay the leader of which was called occur and inherited the title as it was passed down through the clan the strategy Kahn states that the Huns kept their spare horses and baggage trained to either side of the line about a mile away with a moderate sized guard and would sometimes tie their spare horses together behind the main battle line the Huns preferred to fight at long range utilizing ambush encirclement and the feigned retreat the strategy Kahn also makes note of the wedge-shaped formations mentioned by ami anise and corroborated as familial regiments by maintian Halfin the strategy Kahn states the Huns preferred to pursue their enemies relentlessly after a victory and then wear them out by a long siege after defeat Peter Heather notes that the Huns were able to successfully besiege walled cities and fortresses in their campaign of 441 they were thus capable of building siege engines while Heather believes that this was likely a newly acquired skill he notes that the Huns as potential descendants of the Xiongnu may have already known how to make CG equipment before entering Europe topic military equipment the strategy con states the Huns typically used male swords bows and Lance’s and that most Hunnic warriors were armed with both the bow and lance and used them interchangeably as needed it also states the Huns used quilted linen wool or sometimes iron bar ting for their horses and also wore quilted cloths and captain’s this assessment is largely corroborated by archaeological finds of hun military equipment such as the volnek aapke and brute burials a late Roman Ridge helmet of the burkas ovo type was found with a hun burial at consist e a hunnic helmet of the segmental helm type was found at chu Jeske a hun expanding helmet at tera zovsky grave 1784 and another of the band helm type at torre vile fragments of lamellar helmets dating to the Hunnic period and within the Hunnic sphere have been found at eye Atris Ilic f gu and cult me hun lamellar armor has not been found in europe although two fragments of likely hun origin have been found on the upper Oban in west kazakhstan dating to the 3rd 4th centuries a find of lamellar dating to about 520 from the top-40 warehouse in the fortress of homura’s near bodybag romania suggests a late 5th or early 6th century introduction it is known that the Eurasian avars introduced lamellar Armour to the Roman army and migration era Germanic sin the middle sixth century but this later type does not appear before then it is also widely accepted that the Huns introduced the Lang’s eyx a 60 centimeters cutting blade that became popular among the migration era Germanic sand in the late Roman army into Europe it is believed these blades originated in China and that the Tsar Nations and hung served as a transmission vector using shorter si axes in Central Asia that developed into the narrow Lange’s eyx in Eastern Europe during the late fourth and first half of the 5th century these earlier blades date as far back as the 1st century AD with the first of the newer type appearing in Eastern Europe being the Wien simmerman example dated to the late 4th century AD other notable hunt examples include the Lang’s eyx from the more recent find at volna kafka in Russia the Huns used a type of spatha in the ironic or sassanid style with a long straight approximately 83 centimetres blade usually with a diamond shaped iron guard plate swords of this style have been found at sites such as Alzheimer Bassanio volna Kafka novo ivanovka and civilians 61 they typically had gold foil hilts gold sheet scabbards and scabbard fittings decorated in the polychrome style the sword was carried in the Iranian style attached to a sword belt rather than on a baldric the most famous weapon of the Huns as the comb Daria type composite recurve bow often called the Hunnish bow this bow was invented sometime in the 3rd or 2nd centuries BC with the earliest finds near Lake Baikal but spread across Eurasia long before the hunting migration these bows were typify by being asymmetric in cross-section between 145 to 150 5 centimeters in length having between 4 to 9 lathes on the grip and in the seus although whole bows rarely survive in european climatic conditions signs of bone Sia’s are quite common in characteristic of steppe burials complete specimens have been found at sites in the trim basin and Gobi Desert such as nia come Darya and Shambhu simbel care Eurasian nomads such as the Huns typically used trial abate diamond shaped iron arrowheads attached using birch tar in a tank with typically 75 centimeters shafts and fletching attached with tar and sinew whipping such trial abate arrowheads are believed to be more accurate and a better penetrating power or capacity to injure than flat arrowheads topic legacy topic in Christian hagiography after the fall of the hunnic Empire various legends arose concerning the Huns among these are a number of Christian hagiographic legends in which the Huns play a role in an anonymous medieval biography of Pope Leo the first a deal is marched into Italy in 452 as stopped because when he meets Leo outside Rome the Apostles Peter and Paul appeared to him holding swords over his head and threatening to kill him unless he follows the Pope’s command to turn back in other versions attila takes the pope hostage and is forced by the saints to release him in the legend of Saint Ursula Ursula and her 11,000 holy virgins arrive at Cologne on their way back from a pilgrimage just as the hunks under an unnamed Prince are besieging the city Ursula and her virgins killed by the Huns with arrows after they refused the Huns sexual advances afterwards however the souls of the slaughtered virgins form a heavenly army that drives away the Huns and saves cologne other cities with legends regarding the Huns and a Saint include Orleans Troy’s Do’s Mets Madonna and Ron’s in legend surrounding st.


Carrier of Tonga and courting to at least the eighth century service is alleged to have modified Attila and the Huns to Christianity earlier than they later grew to become apostates and back to their paganism matter in Germanic legend the Huns also play an primary position in medieval Germanic legends which generally carry versions of movements from the migration interval and have been at the start transmitted orally recollections of the conflicts between the Goths and Huns in japanese Europe appeared to be maintained within the historic English poem with Sethe as good as in historic Norse poem the fight of the Goths and Huns which is transmitted within the 13th century Icelandic Rivera saga wid Sethe additionally mentions that Atilla having been ruler of the Huns placing him on the head of a record of various legendary and historical rulers and peoples and marking the Huns as essentially the most famous the name of Atilla rendered in historic English as eighth ‘la was a given identify in use in anglo-saxon England ex Bishop Ayla of Dorchester and its use in England at the time can have been related to the heroic Kings legend represented in works equivalent to Widseth maintian well being and however doubts using the title via the anglo-saxons had something to do with the Huns arguing that it used to be no longer a rare name beed in his ecclesiastical history of the English individuals lists the Huns among other peoples residing in Germany when the anglo-saxons invaded England this may increasingly indicate that beed seen the anglo-saxons as descending partly from the Huns the Huns and Attila additionally formed imperative figures within the two most popular Germanic legendary cycles that of the Nibelungs and of dietrich von Bern the old theater at the nice the Nibelung legend above all as recorded in the ancient norse poetic Edda and vole sangha saga as good as within the german nibel lung and lead connects the Huns and Attila and within the Norse tradition attila’s demise to the destruction of the Burgundian kingdom on the rhine in 437 within the legends about dietrich von Bern Attila and the Huns furnish Dietrich with a refuge and help after he has been pushed from his kingdom at Verona a version of the pursuits of the combat of nadao may be / served in a legend transmitted in two differing types in the core excessive German die Rabin schlock and ancient Norse didrik saga in which the sons of Attila fall in battle the legend of Walter of Aquitaine in the meantime shows the Huns to acquire youngster hostages as tribute from their area folks’s usually the Continental Germanic traditions paint a extra constructive image of Attila and the Huns than the Scandinavian sources where the Huns show up in a surprisingly poor gentle in medieval German legend the Huns were identified with the Hungarians with their capital of Etzel burg attila metropolis being recognized with Esther gamma or Buda the historic norse didrik saga nonetheless which is centered on North German sources locates Hoonah land in northern Germany with a capital at Sohus tin Westphalia in different ancient Norse sources the term hon has repeatedly applied indiscriminately to more than a few individuals chiefly from south of Scandinavia from the 13th century onward the center excessive german word for hon hello own grew to be a synonym for colossal and continued for use in this that means in the varieties hoon and Hyun into the brand new generation in this method quite a lot of prehistoric megalithic constructions in particular in northern Germany came to be identified as hunting Graber hun graves or hoon in Benton hun beds matter hyperlinks to the Hungarians beginning in the excessive middle a long time Hungarian sources have claimed descent from or a close relationship between the Hungarians Magyars and the Huns the claim seems to have first arisen in non Hungarian sources and handiest gradually been taken up through the Hungarians themselves for the reason that of its terrible connotations the anonymous visitor ahangar Orem after 1200 is the primary Hungarian supply to mention that the road of artwork Padian Kings were descendants of Attila however he makes no declare that the Hungarian and hun peoples are related the primary Hungarian author to say that hun and Hungarian peoples had been associated with Simon of kaiza in his visitor a Honora at hangar Orem 1282 to 1285 Simon claimed that the Huns and Hungarians have been descended from two brothers named Honora and Magor these claims gave the Hungarians an historic pedigree and served to legitimize their conquest of Pannonia cutting-edge scholars mostly disregarded these claims regarding the claimed Hunnish origins located in these chronicles jeno suits writes the Hunnish foundation of the Magyars is of path a fiction just like the trojan starting place of the french or any of the opposite Arrigo gentes theories fabricated at a lot the same time the Magyars actually originated from the U Gurion branch of the finno-ugric peoples in the direction of their wanderings in the steppes of japanese Europe they assimilated a type of especially Iranian and one of a kind Turkic cultural and ethnic factors but they had neither genetic nor historical hyperlinks to the Huns usually the proof of the relationship between the Hungarian and the finno-ugric languages within the nineteenth century has taken to have scientifically disproven the Hunnic origins of the Hungarians a different declare additionally derived from Simon of kaiza is that the Hungarian speaking CK persons of Transylvania are descended from Huns who fled to Transylvania after a Teela’s death and remained there unless the Hungarian conquest of Pannonia whilst the origins of the CK are unclear modern-day scholarship is skeptical that they’re concerning the Huns unlike within the legend the CK have been resettled in Transylvania from Western Hungary within the eleventh century their language in a similar way suggests no proof of a metamorphosis from any non Hungarian language to Hungarian as one would assume in the event that they were Huns at the same time the Hungarians and the CK’s is probably not descendants of the hunt they were traditionally carefully related to Turkic people’s Paul Engle notes that it can’t be fully excluded that our Padian kings will have been descended from Attila however and believes that it is doubtless the Hungarians once lived underneath the rule of thumb of the Huns jung jin kim supposes that the hungarians might be linked to the Huns by way of the bulgar xin Avars each of whom he holds to have had Hunnish elements nevertheless there is no genetic or linguistic proof aiding a connection between old or today’s hungarians and the Huns even as the idea that the hungarians are descended from the Huns has been rejected through mainstream scholarship the inspiration has persisted to excerpt a relevant affect on hungarian nationalism and national identity a majority of the hungarian aristocracy endured to ascribe to the Hunnic view into the early twentieth century the fascist arrow move events similarly stated hungary as Honea in its propaganda hunnic origins also performed a colossal function within the ideology of the cutting-edge radical correct-wing celebration javac aspect ii ology of pantora nism legends related to the Hunnic origins of the seek a minority in romania meanwhile persisted to play a massive role in that organizations ethnic identity the Hunnish origin of the CK’s stays essentially the most preferred theory of their origins among the many hungarian basic public subject twentieth-century use in reference to Germans on the twenty seventh of July 1900 doing the Boxer uprising in China kaiser wilhelm ii of germany gave the order to act ruthlessly closer to the rebels mercy is probably not proven prisoners might not be taken just as a thousand years ago the Huns below attila received a repute of could that lives on in legends so made the name of germany in china such that no chinese will also again dare so much as to seem askance at a german this evaluation was later heavily employed by using british and english language propaganda for the duration of World war one and to a lesser extent for the period of World warfare two in an effort to paint the Germans as savage barbarians matter see also list of rulers of the Huns nomadic Empire topic notes subject references matter extra reading attila died huntin beg like Bexar Estela HRSG vom historian museum do fowls Speyer stuttgart 2007 Christopher Kelly Attila the Hun barbarian terror in the fall of the Roman Empire London 2008 Rudy Paul Lindner nomadism horses and Huns in past and present ninety two 1981 p3 to 1987 ago Vern early empires of critical Asia 1939 Frederick Jon Taggart China in Rome 1969 re PR 1983 matter outside links Dornoch Chris M 2008 chinese language sources on the historical past of the brand new cyc Aussie oi rashiku RC RC rewsey and their kuosheng Kushan dynasty GG a hundred and ten tenchu 94 a the Xiongnu synopsis of chinese usual text and several Western translations with extant annotations a weblog on significant asian history Hun’s Encyclopedia Britannica eleventh ed 1911


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