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Attila the Hun No one characterizes the uncontrolled ferocity of barbarism as much as Attila the Hun However in the Five Readings on Attila from Williams Sterns and Davis the accounts of him describe qualities of much more than a treacherous tyrant The author unfolds the distinctiveness of a barbarian deity and very in depth looks in to the imperial decisions of a barbarian However the authors approach to Attila is unbiased He says that Attila was born to terrify and scourge all the nations and mankind However the nations only consist of the Romans and the Visigoths It shows that he wants to use facts to keep his readers aware of how things actually were Rumors are what made Attila the legend he is The authors perspective looks at Attila through the many different eyes Priscus shows the reader Attila as a governing force They call an embassy to try and end Attilas fury The author uses statements such as in the presence of Attila The level of importance of the barbarian king has been raised just by the way he has the Huns respect Attila However in the Battle at Chalons in 451 AD the authors tone is one of setting the tone for Attilas fall The battle is a colossal disagreement fighting against towering figures of Late Antiquity the stern and obsessive Attila and the noble Aetius Despite Aetius labors when Attila crossed the Rhine with the Huns in 451 he endangered a faltering artifact of authority He had not been able to hold back the surge of attacks that had moved over the West One of the most mesmerizing features of the story of Attila and the Huns is the background The Battle of Chalons is every bit as hypnotic as the actual warfare itself It is tales of yearn for sex and command for money and land
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