Final Years

The Death of Attila

Attila the Hun was a very famous and powerful warrior, but he didn't die as a warrior's death.

When the new emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, Marcian, refused to pay Attila annual tribute in 453, Atila gathered his warriors and was ready to attack Constantinople. But before the attack, Attila the Hun was found dead on his wedding day. The exact coincidences of his death are not known; it is widely debated among historians. Some of them believe that Attila died as a result of internal bleeding caused by too much drinking. Another theory about Attila's death claims that his wife killed him.

According to Jordanes, the Gothic historian, at the celebration, Attila was "heavy with wine and sleep," when he was oppressed with a nosebleed. As the Roman historian Ammianus says, Attila was killed by his wife, and that was a very dishonorable death for a mighty warrior. Attila, the Hun was buried in a triple coffin of gold, iron, and silver, full of weapons, jewels, and treasures. According to the myth, Attila was buried at the bottom of the river. The people who prepared his coffin were killed, so its location remains unknown. Among the many famous and memorable quotes, Attila the Hun is remembered for his dominant reign "There, where I have passed, the grass will never grow again."

Attila's Empire Falls

After Attila's death, by 459, the Hun empire had collapsed. Attila Left behind a divided family. The Huns Empire was divided by Attila's three sons, and they fought over, which would be a high king. Meanwhile, Eldest brother got privileged, Hun's subject tribes broke free from the empire one by one. Only after one year after Attila's death the Hun's were attacked by Goths and defeated at the battle of Nedao. The first son was killed during the fight, and the second son Ellac became the high king. He was also killed during one of the attacks with Romas. The Huns were assimilated with Bulgars, and they were today's Bulgarians.

The Hun's Empire ceased to exist 16 years after Attila's death.

'Scourge of God'

Attila the Hun was also known as 'Scourge of God.' Like other barbarian rulers, including Genghis Khan, Gaiseric, Attila the Hun had a terrible reputation among Western people. He is drawn as a ruthless murder, uncultured and savage, an enemy of civilization. During his reign, Attila became one of the most formidable enemies the vast Roman Empire ever faced. Attila twine crossed the Danube and plundered the Balkans. He reached Aurelianum, before his failure at the battle of the Catalaunian Plains. Attila occupied Italy, and northern provinces, he was only unable to conquer Rome. Attila also harmed other tribal nations, Ostrogoths, in Western Asia and Europe.

Attila has unique tactics in the battles, and he used various methods of psychological warfare. He was trying to demoralize the enemies, and after it was easy to destroy them. Attila had beneficial horses. They were trained, rarely sick, and tolerated both cold and the heat very well. As far as we know, Attila was a polygamist, had numerous wives. The last wife he married on the night of his death.

Legacy of Attila the Hun.

Attila the Hun is also portrayed as a bloodthirsty, barbaric, and cruel ruler. But at that time, historians also noted that Attila was a merciful, wise, and humble person. According to Priscus, he was amazed that a great king of the Hun used simple wooden table implements, and his guests ate and drank from gold and silver dishes. As far as we know, Attila didn't kill Romans to associate him. Instead, he was sending them at home. It will be true to say that Attila the Hun was a much more complex person than his modern reputation acknowledges.