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Definition: Hun leader who led his people in two invasions of Italy. The first was stopped by the Romans at Chalons in 451. The second, in the following year, was Ravenna, the new capital of the Western Empire, as its target but was also stopped at the insistence of Pope Leo I. The Huns came from Central Asia and drove other barbarian tribes before them into the teeth of the Roman defenses. It has been argued that some of the barbarian invasions of the Goths and Visigoths were really attempts to escape the ravaging hordes of the Huns.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
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Elsewhere on the Web:
Of Attila the Hun
The focus here is on Attila's dealings with church leaders.

Attila's Invasion of Italy
Read the story behind the famous invasion.

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