According to research, Attila the Hun raided Rome not for bloodlust, but because of hunger.

Attila the Hun is depicted as a bloodthirsty barbarian with an “endless thirst for gold” and power. But a new study suggests an alternative explanation for his violent attacks: Attila may have carried out his desperate raids to save his people. drought and hunger.

Two thousand years of climate data recorded in the rings of oak trees around the floodplains of the Danube and Tisza rivers of Central Europe, Attila and his the Huns they made their biggest raids in very dry years when crop yields and pasturelands were sparse, meaning the attacks were probably due in part to desperation and starvation. The researchers reported their findings on Dec. Journal of Roman Archeology (opens in new tab).

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