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Narses

italy justinian recalled

Persian statesman and general, born in Armenia. He rose in the imperial household in Constantinople to be keeper of the privy purse to Justinian I. In 538 he was sent to Italy, but recalled the next year. In 552 Belisarius was recalled from Italy, and Narses succeeded him, defeated the Ostrogoths, took possession of Rome, and completely extinguished the Gothic power in Italy. Justinian appointed him prefect of Italy in 554, but he was charged with avarice, and on Justinian's death he was deprived of his office.

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