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Flavius Belisarius (Belisarius)

Born: 50X AD
Died: 565 AD.

Nationality: Roman
Categories: General


General of the Eastern Roman Empire.


500-505? - Belisarius was born in Germane or Germania in south-west Bulgaria.


527 - Became a Roman soldier as a young man, serving in the bodyguard of the Emperor Justin I.


      - Appointed to command the Byzantine army in the east to deal with incursions from the Sassanid Empire.


530 - Led the Byzantines to a victory over the Sassanids in the Battle of Dara.


531 - Battle of Callinicum on the Euphrates.


532 - He was the highest ranking military officer in the Imperial capital of Constantinople


535 - Commissioned to attack the Ostrogoths.


536 - Successfully defended Rome against the Goths.


540 - Moved north to take Mediolanum (Milan) and the Ostrogoth capital of Ravenna.


544 - Belisarius returned to Italy.


559 - Retirement of Belisarius came to an end when an army of Slavs and Bulgars crossed the Danube River to invade Byzantine territory.


562 - He is in the trial in Constantinople on a charge of corruption.


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