Court Eunuchs III: When in Rome: Narses in the Reconquest of Italy – Byzantine Roman History

How awkward is it for the Roman Empire to not control Rome? Uh, yeah, this cannot stand. Anna’s back today to finish the story of eunuch general Narses, as he completes Justinian’s reconquest of the Eternal City!

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Time/place: Byzantine Empire, 324-1453 BCE

Dead Idea: Court Eunuchs

Co-hosts: Nick and Anna

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