Bulgars and Bulgaria

Bulgars were pastoralists originally from central Asia, who migrated westward to the steppe (q.v.) north of the Caspian Sea, as did the Huns and the Avars (qq.v.). Continue reading “Bulgars and Bulgaria”

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Belisarios or Belisarius: one of the greatest Roman generals of all time

Belisarios had been Justinian I’s (q.v.) greatest general. His contributions to Justinian I’s reign were considerable.Without him, Justinian I might have lost his throne in the Nika Revolt (q.v.) of 532. The reconquest of North Africa from the Vandals (qq.v.) in 533–534 and the early successes against the Ostrogoths (q.v.) from 536–540 were due in large part to his generalship. Continue reading “Belisarios or Belisarius: one of the greatest Roman generals of all time”

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