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Dark Ages » 500 AD/CE » 527 AD/CE

Emperor Justinian I

When: 527 - 565 AD/CE
Where: Rome, Roman Empire, Europe

After the death of Theodoric, the Romans become restless under the rule of the Goths. It was becoming evident that the Goths were weakening with the effects of battles between their own factions.

General Belisarius was tasked with the reconquest of Italy by then Emperor Justinian I. After nineteen campaigns, the Goths were defeated - by a different general, Narses, at the command. In 554 AD, the last Gothic king was killed, his army obliterated. Narses, a eunuch, took over command of the army after confidence in Belisarius waned.

In the years that followed, Italy, Africa, and most of the shores of the Mediterranean were again part of the Roman Empire. With this windfall of military victories, Narses was made ruler of Italy. Narses abused the power, imposing excessive taxes and extortions upon the people.

At the time of Justinian's death in 565, several plots were devised to bring about the disgrace of Narses.

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