The Rise Of The Roman Empire

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In 448 AD, Greek writer and historian Priscus journeyed from Constantinople to meet with Attila the Hun. Pricus wrote down the events of his journey, leaving one of the few first-hand accounts of a diplomatic meeting with the Huns. His writings can tell us much about how the Huns interacted with other cultures and societies and how Attila—specifically—welcomed his guests to his court. Europe, in the 5th century, was undergoing many societal changes. Many of these changes were associated with the introduction of new barbarian tribes—barbarian is derived from the Greek word babblers meaning anyone who did not speak Greek. During the decline of the Roman Empire, many barbaric tribes took the opportunity to attack. The migration of barbarians closer to Rome put stress on an already stressed Roman government. The increased tension eventually lead to an outbreak of wars. In 410 Rome was sacked by the Visigoths—lead by Alaric—and was attacked again in 455 but the Vandals (“Dining With Attila the Hun, 448”). Attacks on the Roman Empire by the Huns did not start until the middle of the 5th century. The Huns crossed the Danube in 441, upon crossing they sacked the city of Margus ("Late Roman Timeline”). The Huns—in 442— cross the Danube again this time sacking more cities than they had the previous year. The Roman government began to grow fearful of the army Attila had established under his rule. This fear forced the Roman Empire to start paying Attila and his Huns from invading

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