Jby's Reviews > Attila the Hun: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire
Attila the Hun: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire
A fun romp through the 5th century. The book sticks to Priscus account(roman contemporary of Attila, the main point being that Attila can hardly be seen as a primitive barbarian chieftain) and has some very interesting chapters on the shifting alliances of Gothic Kingdoms, Romans and Huns towards the end of the western roman empire. Kelly refuses to speculate on the origin of the Huns since there are no hunnic sources available. Kelly also convincingly (to me at least) rejects a Mongol origin of the Huns. There is a notes and further reading section for each chapter at the end of the book. I would have preferred to have the notes after each chapter to be better able to understand the sources involved.
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