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.

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