THE INVASION OF THE HUNS.
AUTHORITIES: -- References in Ammianus, etc. -- Priscus: Ac-
count of his embassy to the court of Attila, a fragment. --
Jordanes, from Cassiodorus. -- Apollinaris Sidonius, poet in
Gaul; his letters are especially valuable for description of life
at the time of Attila.
MODERN WORKS: -- See above, especially Hodgkin. Bk. II. --
Scheffel: Ekkehard, trans. in the "Seaside Library" describes
a Hungarian invasion of the tenth century, which must have
been much like those of the Huns in the fifth.
IT must be remembered that the Huns were not a German people, but were far more nearly related to the present Turks than to ourselves. We must speak of them here in order to understand the movements of the German races in which they were often a very important agency. We have already seen them just emerging from the deserts of Asia, and driving the Gothic people into conflict with Rome. For a number of years they hover like a distant cloud about the frontiers of the Empire. The excited imagination of the Roman writers described them as the offspring of demons. Their horrid appearance, their filthy habits, their swiftness of motion, their mode of fighting, all combined to give them a most uncanny reputation. They seem to have had not the least knowledge of agriculture, but to have been wholly a grazing, hunting, and wan. dering (nomad) people.
The terror of the Hun.