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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

March 12th, 537 - The Siege of Rome

Conflict: The Gothic Wars

Combatants: Byzantines vs. Goths

Location: Italy

Outcome: Byzantine victory

After capturing Rome from the Goths, Byzantine general Belisarius and his army were besieged by a Goth force that outnumbered the Byzantines tenfold. After ten days and severe casualties, Vitiges, the leader of the Goths, ordered a withdrawal in the face of Byzantine reinforcements.

Belisarius refusing the crown of Italy offered by the Goths in 540 by unknown artist

Points of Interest:

  • Belisarius would pursue and eventually force Vitiges to surrender in 539.

  • Belisarius, an unparalleled military leader, was recalled from retirement twice to lead Byzantine's armies.



Dupuy, Trevor N., Johnson, Curt, & Bongard, David L. (1992). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military Biography. New York: Castle Books (HarperCollins).

Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.

Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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