Essay On Attila The Hun

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Today Attila the Hun is categorised as a great leader by modern historians due to his loyalty, his courage and his ability to take charge. In contrast to these views, the classical writers feared him, naming him the “Scourge of God” and calling him savage, as he conducted many massacres and killed many men. Most modern historians have an opinion of Attila the Hun, such as Wills Durant and Peter Heathers. Additionally the book “Leadership secrets of Attila the Hun” by Wess Roberts states we have a lot to learn from Attila’s reign. Although there are many modern sources dedicated to Attila, there are very few ancient sources written about him. We can assume this is due to how Attila manipulated the Romans for more and more gold, a subject the…show more content…
During 434 Attila destroyed towns along the Danube River, before moving inland and destroying towns there. Additionally, he continued to present day Istanbul, defeating the main Eastern Roman forces. However, as he reached the capitals great walls, he realised the impossibility of his army’s success, and turned back to destroy what was left of the Eastern Roman Empires forces. Furthermore, Attila later invaded the Balkans. When Theodosius II, the emperor of Rome, begged for terms, Attila's tribute was tripled, but, in 447, he attacked the empire again and negotiated another, more expensive, treaty . Additionally, in 451 Attila attempted to conquer Roman Gaul (modern France), however he was defeated at the Battle of Catalanunian Plains. Although, by 452, he invaded Italy, devastating the Northern provinces . Additionally, the Huns played a large part in the eventual fall of Rome. It is known that Attila thrived on warfare and bloodshed, but these accounts of success show how he must have been more than a savage leader to control such a barbaric race. However, maybe Attila’s savagery does not necessarily make him a bad leader or that a good, savage leader is what the Huns needed to be
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