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By Bad Seed
Attila, born in 406 A.D., became the barbaric ruler of the Hunnic Empire in 434 B.C. He was only 28 years old at the time. By the time he died at the age of 47, his empire stretched from Asia through Germany and he had built a fearsome reputation as Attila the Hun, and the Scourge of God. The first emperor of China built the Great Wall to keep Attila out of China. Those to the west were not as fortunate. Attila's brutal armies swept across the Steppes, leaving bodies and devastation in their wake. They overran Greece and the Balkans, attacked Constantinople , and defeated Roman armies at Chersonesus. They even swept through Germany, France, and menaced the gates of Rome, where Pope Leo I persuaded him to leave the city standing. He died unexpectedly a year later. Some say he died in a drunken stupor. Others say he was murdered by political enemies. The music is "In the Steppes of Central Asia," by Alexander Borodin.