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The Hunnic ruler Attila is by far the most epochal figure of the 5th century CE. From his accession in the mid-430s to his death in 453 CE, he succeeded in briefly creating a realm in Central Europe powerful enough to repeatedly humiliate the eastern Roman court, and devastate various cities in the Balkans and Italy. His main significance in the history of ea…

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Wijnendaele, Jeroen W.P., “Attila”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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