Priscus actually met Attila the Hun, dined with him, and stayed in the Hun settlement; his description of Attila and the Hun lifestyle is one of the better known and certainly one of the most flattering. 434-453 CE) the Huns became the most powerful, and most feared, military force in Europe and brought death and devastation wherever they went.
After Attila's death, however, his sons fought each other for supremacy, squandered their resources, and the empire which Attila had built fell apart by 469 CE.
And though [the Huns] do just bear the likeness of men (of a very ugly pattern), they are so little advanced in civilization that they make no use of fire, nor any kind of relish, in the preparation of their food, but feed upon the roots which they find in the fields, and the half-raw flesh of any sort of animal.
I say half-raw, because they give it a kind of cooking by placing it between their own thighs and the backs of their horses.
Suspecting these women, he expelled them from the midst of his race and compelled them to wander in solitary exile afar from his army.
There the unclean spirits, who beheld them as they wandered through the wilderness, bestowed their embraces upon them and begat this savage race, which dwelt at first in the swamps, a stunted, foul and puny tribe, scarcely human and having no language save one which bore but slight resemblance to human speech.
There are the well-known motifs of the animal style..a single one from that rich repertoire of motifs has ever been found on a Hunnish object.
(44) Kelly, with the support of others, concludes that Kazakhstan is the most likely point of origin for the Huns but notes that "it is regrettably impossible to suggest anything more precise" (45).
In modern scholarship there is no consensus on the Xiongnu-Hun link but, largely, it has been rejected for lack of evidence.
For the ancient writers, however, discerning the origin of the Huns was simple: they were evil beasts who had emerged from the wilderness to wreak havoc on civilization.
Ammianus does not speculate on their origin but describes them in his The nation of the Huns surpasses all other barbarians in wildness of life.
When attacked, they will sometimes engage in regular battle.
Then, going into the fight in order of columns, they fill the air with varied and discordant cries.