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Attila and the Huns Horsemen of the Apocalypse Few men in the annals of history inspire such horrific infamy as Attila and the Huns Although the Huns had swept down from the Steppes of Asia onto the western edges of the Roman Empire as early as the late fourth century it was not until some time after 435 that Attila became leader of the Huns This transition would prove to mark the beginning of what would be one of the greatest death blows to the already ailing Roman Empire For under Attila the Huns would ravage the European continent to such an extent never felt before and almost unparalleled since As a precursor to the aggressive and fierce campaign Attila would one day let loose on Europe the Huns had established themselves with the reputations of biblical monsters amongst the Europeans Known for mastering the art of horseback riding and their bloodthirsty savagery in battle the Huns were a force to be reckoned with Stout in stature bow-legged from constantly being on their horsesin stance and mantled with grotesquely scared faces purposely done at birth to inspire fear into the hearts of their enemies the Huns proved to be just as savage in appearance as they were in action Since their arrival in the west the Huns had from the outset caused an unsettling of nerves as well as peoples In 372 AD the Huns destroyed the Ostrogothic Empire of Hermanic and temporarily absorbed these eastern Goths into their own population Next they let loose on the Visigoths under Athanaric on the Dniester River and forced them to flee into the Roman Empire This event marked the first time a peoples had ever
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