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Hun, nomadic, probably Mongolian, race that invaded southeastern Europe during the 4th and 5th centuries. They crossed the Volga River in c.372 A.D. and attacked the Germanic Goth tribes. By 432 they had invaded the Eastern Empire. Under their great leader Attila, they threatened the Roman Empire, unsuccessfully invading Gaul in 451. In 452 their Italian invasion was halted at Lake Garda. After Attila's death in 453, the Hun empire gradually disintegrated.

See also: Attila.

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