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Ellac (also known as Ilek) was the oldest son and successor of Attila the Hun in the Hunnic Empire. His reign lasted only 2 years, from 453 to 454, when he was killed in the Battle of Nedao.[1] He was succeeded by Dengizich. Ellac was also the title of the prince who was governor of the Akatziri.[2]


The name derived from Turkic ellig/illig/ilik/Ilak/älik, meaning "prince, ruler, king".[3][2][4][5]


  1. ^ C.D. Gordon, The Age of Attila: Fifth Century Byzantium and the Barbarians (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1966), p. 111
  2. ^ a b Otto Maenchen-Helfen, The World of the Huns: Studies in Their History and Culture, University of California Press, 1973, p.407.
  3. ^ Peter B. Golden, Introduction to the History of the Turkic Peoples, p.88.
  4. ^ Lars Johanson, Christiane Bulut - Turkic-Iranian Contact Areas: Historical and Linguistic Aspects, 2006, p.25.
  5. ^ John Joseph Saunders: The History of the Mongol Conquests, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001, p.x.
Preceded by
Hunnic rulers
Succeeded by