Rome Fights Back: Belisarius and the Wars of Justinian (ALL PARTS)

In the 6th century AD, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, the Roman Empire experienced an extraordinary resurgence, reconquering lands – including Italy, North Africa and Rome itself – that had been lost to the ‘barbarians’ a century before. Leading these campaigns, a brilliant Roman general named Flavius Belisarius – a skilled tactician, inspirational leader, pragmatic and humane. This is the story of those campaigns, as recorded by Procopius, an eyewitness to many of them, as well as other ancient historians, texts, and archaeological remains.

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🎨 Original artwork by MiΕ‚ek Jakubiec
🎨 Thanks to Igor Dzis for permission to use his painting, ‘Battle of Dara’.
πŸ“· Thanks to Dr Hugh Willmott, Sheffield University for permission to use photographs of plague burial

Creative Commons images:
Basilica San Marco by Gary Ullah via WM Commons
Dara fortifications by Procopius via Flickr
Dara photographs by Nevit Dilmen via Flickr
Mosaic of Theodora by Petar Miloőević via WM Commons
Porta Asinaria by Mikhail Malykh via WM Commons
Windrow by Christian Collins via Flickr
Stag Heads Free Vector by misfitblue via
Winter Sun by It’s No Game via Flickr
Beach video by Ruvim Miksanskiy via Pexels

πŸ“šRecommended reading (as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):
πŸ“–Procopius, History of the Wars
πŸ“– The Wars of Justinian by Michael Whitby
πŸ“– Rome Resurgent by Peter Heather
πŸ“–The Armies of Ancient Persia: the Sassanians by Kaveh Farrokh
πŸ“–Late Roman Cavalryman AD 236–565 (Osprey) by Simon MacDowall

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  1. We hope you enjoy the ALL PARTS edition of our Belisarius series! No sponsors, seamless joins and a very small number of factual corrections. (Callinicum was fought on Holy Saturday, not Easter Sunday; Belisarius probably tried to delay the Goths at the Salarian Bridge, not Milvian.. that sort of thing). Thanks again to Legendarian for providing 'Total War: Attila' gameplay footage, links in description. And big thanks to our series consultant Professor David Parnell of Indiana University Northwest, who is well worth a follow on Twitter @ByzantineProf.
    If you want to watch the series with SUBTITLES, you will need to watch the individual episodes And don't forget you can support our work and get ad-free early access to new videos via Patreon!

  2. This was a tragedy for Belisarius. They guy did great but Narses got more support at the end. Eunuchs and asexual, I swear, if they're in politics, they need booted out as they're the worst

  3. Hollywood take note: So many young men like myself want stuff like this, not the boring garbage you put out year after year. Get your game together, because YT channels like Epic History are gonna eat your lunch!

  4. Really enjoyed watching these as they came out, I had always wanted to watch a series like this on the reconquest and so was insanely happy when you suddenly started the video series. Thanks a lot, will be recommending this full version to people!

  5. როგორαƒͺ αƒ§αƒαƒ•αƒ”αƒšαƒ—αƒ•αƒ˜αƒ‘ αƒ‘αƒαƒ˜αƒœαƒ’αƒ”αƒ αƒ”αƒ‘αƒαƒ. αƒ™αƒαƒ αƒ’αƒ˜ αƒ˜αƒ₯αƒœαƒ”αƒ‘αƒ ბაαƒ₯αƒαƒ αƒ—αƒ•αƒ”αƒšαƒαƒ–αƒ”αƒͺ თუ გაკეთებთ αƒ€αƒ˜αƒšαƒ›αƒ‘ αƒ‘αƒαƒ˜αƒœαƒ’αƒ”αƒ αƒ”αƒ‘αƒ αƒ₯αƒ•αƒ”αƒ§αƒαƒœαƒ αƒ™αƒαƒ•αƒ™αƒαƒ‘αƒ˜αƒαƒ¨αƒ˜. Interesting as always.It will be good if you make a film in Georgia as well. An interesting country in the Caucasus.

  6. Hello everyone! Your friendly Belisarius consultant here. I am a historian with a research focus on the sixth-century Roman world, although my interests broadly range from the founding of Rome to the fall of Constantinople. I have a book on Belisarius & Antonina coming soon from Oxford University Press. I had the pleasure of consulting on this show with Epic History TV. I am happy to answer any questions you have about Belisarius – just reply to this comment.

    This video is a compilation of all the original six episodes of the Belisarius series. The sponsored spots have been removed, some minor content updates have been made, and the episodes have been woven together into a single video the length of a feature film. This is truly the "collector's edition" of the Belisarius series.

    As the Belisarius series was first coming out, I tweeted additional information about it. If you are curious about some of the background, including how we made decisions about what content to include, you can read those old tweets here:

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    Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this amazing documentary!


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