Ten Things You Did Not Know About Attila The Hun
Ten Things You Did Not Know About Attila The Hun

Ten Things You Did Not Know About Attila The Hun

Ed - August 1, 2016

Ten Things You Did Not Know About Attila The Hun
The death of Attila

Attila’s Death

The Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire died in 450 AD. His successor was the respected Roman general was succeeded by Marcian. He was a strong and determined ruler and above all he was determined to stand up to the Huns. In late 450 Marcian stopped paying tribute to Attila and he tore up all the previous treaties agreed between the two empires. Attila was enraged and he vowed to destroy the great city of Constantinople and to kill Marcian. Lucky for Marcian and the Eastern Roman Empire, Attila suddenly died.

In 453 AD on the wedding night of one of his numerous marriages, this time to a beautiful young woman named Ildico. She was to become another of his many wives. No one knows how many wives Attila had. That night after the wedding feast the newly-weds went to bed. The next morning it seems that Attila was found dead. There are various theories regarding how Attila died. Some have suggested that he died because of all the alcohol that he had consumed. The most popular one was that he suffered a severe haemorrhage from his nose which killed him while he slept.

However, there have been reports that the King of the Hund had been assassinated and that he had been poisoned or killed in his sleep.

Ten Things You Did Not Know About Attila The Hun
Huns in battle

Attila the Hun ruled a great Empire but it fell apart after his death.

Attila had taken the Hunnic Empire to unprecedented heights and is considered their greatest ruler. He almost brought the great Roman Empire to an end. However, the Hunnic Empire was largely kept together by the force of Attila’s personality. The Huns were not as strong as they appeared and after Attila’s death their Empire was to fall apart.

As was the custom after the death of a Hunnic King, the Hunnic Empire was divided among his sons. They did not have the capabilities of their father or their ancestors. They were not great warriors and they had not the political acumen of Attila. The subject peoples sensed that the Huns had been weakened. The Hunnic army had also been greatly weakened by the many wars of recent years. The Hunnic army had become dependent on the subject people for their soldiers and cavalry. The peoples of the Empire rose in rebellion after Attila’s death. They were led by the Goths. At an unknown location, the Huns were decisively defeated and their empire soon collapsed. In a ten year period, the Huns had gone from a great empire to a people without a land. Soon they have disappeared from history.

Ten Things You Did Not Know About Attila The Hun
Hun treasure found in a grave

Attila’s Burial and Death

After his death, the king was taken to an unknown location. We have a description from the Gothic historian Jordannes about the funeral of Attila.

‘’His body was placed in the midst of a plain and lay in state in a silken tent as a sight, for men’s admiration. The best horsemen of the entire tribes of the Huns rode around in circles, after the manner of circus games, in the place to which he had been brought and told of his deeds in a funeral dirge””. (Jordannes, History of the Goths).

No one knows where Attila is buried. He was possibly buried in a river. The Huns dammed up a river and buried him, with much gold, in the river bed. Then they probably allowed the river to flow back again and this has concealed the grave of Attila ever since.

Many treasure hunters have tried to locate the burial spot of the Hun. It is assumed that he was buried somewhere in Hungary but no trace of his last resting spot has ever been found. The amount of gold and jewels it would contain would be enormous.