The European Huns were an ancient tribal confederation who first appeared in the 4th century. The Huns inhabited the Eurasian steppes and were known as formidable horse archers. In the fifth century CE they created a powerful military empire under the leadership of Attila, famous for his campaigns against the Roman Empire. Attila died in 453, and the empire fell apart one year later. The origins of the Huns are still a matter of dispute; they have long been associated with the Xiongnu mentioned in Chinese sources, but that link has still not been unequivocally proven. Hunnic ethnic relations and language are likewise controversial.
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