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The Balkan Peninsula

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Author: Frank Fox
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,883 / 145 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.6
Downloads: 330
Added to site: 2014.05.28
mnybks.net#: 31542
Genre: Travel
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th of the Empire. Late in the fourth century of the Christian Era there burst into the Balkans from the steppes of Astrakhan and the Caucasus--from very much the same district that was afterwards to supply the Bulgars and the Serbs--the Tartar hordes of the Huns. Of these Huns there is a vivid contemporary Gothic account.

We have ascertained that the nation of the Huns, who surpassed all others in atrocity, came thus into being. When Filimer, fifth king of the Goths after their departure from Sweden, was entering Scythia, with his people, as we have before described, he found among them certain sorcerer-women, whom they called in their native tongue Haliorunnas (or Al-runas), whom he suspected and drove forth from the midst of his army into the wilderness. The unclean spirits that wander up and down in desert places, seeing these women, made concubines of them; and from this union sprang that most fierce people [of the Huns], who were at first little, foul, emaciated creatures, dwelling among the swamp

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