A theological dispute also complicated matters

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A theological dispute also complicated matters, alienating Western clerics at the very time their  support was necessary in the Italian campaigns. An extreme Monophysite called Jacob  Baradaeus had been made bishop by the exiled Alexandria Patriarch in 543, after which he  roamed through Mesopotamia, the Levant, and Asia Minor consecrating bishops and thousands  of Monophysite priests. Justinian had to do something, but did not want to alienate Monophysites  in the Empire's current conditiion. He therefore decided to publicly condemn Nestorians, whom  everyone disliked and whose numbers were few. This satisfied no one, and an east-west frenzy of  excommunications lasted for the next ten years. Only after the defeat of the Goths was Justinian  able to discipline Pope Vigilus, who was forced to withdraw all of his condemnations of the  Eastern Church. After the final defeat of the Ostrogoths, during which North African revolts had proven 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Justinian, disaffected urban factions, North African revolts, Mediterranean Roman core., Balkans. Faithful Belisarius, native Latin speaker

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