XII. The Empire of the Huns
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It is scarcely necessary to state that the horse-mounted nomadic peoples who suddenly burst on the European scene in the last third of the fourth century AD were not Germanic. The true ethnic background of the Huns (Hunni) still remains elusive, however. A connection with the Hsiung-nu in Chinese sources may seem attractive, but it is rather unlikely. Similarly, a direct link with the spread of the so-called “Iranian Huns” (Hephthalites) cannot be established. The European Huns should therefore indeed be traced back to the Choûnnoi mentioned by Ptol. III.5.10. The territory of t…

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Schottky, Martin, “XII. The Empire of the Huns”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 1 : Chronologies of the Ancient World - Names, Dates and Dynasties, Edited by: Walter Eder, Johannes Renger. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps1_COM_0014>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004153202, 20061214

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