Rome and the Justinian Era
orders. The rift between Belisarius and Narses grew to the extent that they operated independently and one result was the destruction of Milan in 539, which might have been saved if the Byzantine general staff had cooperated against the Goths. His successor Justin II, out of a combination of necessity and foolhardiness, denied the 'barbarians' the subsidies which had played a major role in Justinian's defense of the frontiers, and, to be fair, which had also been provided by emperors before him. On the eastern frontier, Justin alienated the Ghassanid allies and lost the fortress of Daras, a reverse which overwhelmed his frangible sanity. In that year, too, we find Justinian writing to the pope in Rome and speaking of the empire as "our state implying thereby that he was Justin's mouthpiece. The Blues and Green continued their appeals until the twenty-second race (out of twenty-four) when they suddenly united and raised the watchword 'Nika'.
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Browning, Robert, Justinian and Theodora. The old ruling classes in Constantinople, who were proud and snobbish even though their pedigrees were often rather short, had looked down at these new dynasts sprung from peasants and actors. 2 As such, he surrounded himself with intelligent advisers, the most notable of which was his nephew, Justinian. Riots started and the court took refuge in the palace. The Ostrogothic campaign did not end until 552, and it left Italy in ruinous condition. Maurice ascended the throne and received a completely bankrupt empire, and this Financial state continued until beyond the end of his reign. This impasse of sorts led to Justinian negotiating the "Eternal Peace" in which he agreed to pay eleven thousand pounds of gold in return for a cease in hostilities and the defense of several mountain passes.
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Justinian is sometimes called The Last of the Romans.
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