c.234 - 174 BC
King of the Huns
Mao-tun was the first great ruler of the Huns, a Turkish-speaking nomadic people to the north of China.
After killing his father Mao-tun united the Huns in central Asia in a large military state and invaded China. He withdrew only after the Chinese proposed to pay tribute. He then campaigned westwards where he advanced as far as Turkestan.