Catalaunian Fields

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Catalaunian Fields

 

(in Latin, Campi Catalaunici), a plain in northeastern France, named for the city of Catalaunum, present-day Chálons-sur-Marne. In the second half of June, a.d. 451, the “battle of the peoples” was fought west of the present-day city of Troyes. In the battle the Roman troops (under the command of Aetius) and their Germanic allies, the Visigoths, Burgundians, Franks, Alani, and other tribes, defeated the Huns, led by Attila. This stopped the advance of the Huns into Europe and led to the collapse of their “empire.”

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While the Battle of Chalons arguably spared the Christian West from annihilation, and demonstrated for the first time that Attila was not invincible, it did not put an end to the Hunnic emperor's depredations.
27 Which people's forces did a Roman-Visigoth alliance beat at the Battle of Chalons in 451AD?
445); aided by Franks and Theodoric's Visigoths, he halted Attila's invasion of Gaul by his victory at the battle of Chalons (Catalaunian or Mauriac Plain) (mid-June 451); Attila withdrew to his lands in Eastern Europe; Aetius was murdered by Emperor Valentian III during an audience, possibly at the instigation of future emperor Petronius Maximus (September 21, 454).