After the final defeat of the Ostrogoths

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After the final defeat of the Ostrogoths, during which North African revolts had proven  troublesome, there was one more success. An insurrection in Visigothic Spain allowed a small  force sent by Justinian to occupy a small sector of southern Spain, giving Constantinople a toe- hold on all parts of the Mediterranean Roman core. Still, the Emperor's last years were difficult.  In the late 550s, the Persian war re-ignited, while in 559, the Kutrigur Bulgars led most of the  Slavs over the Danube and pillaged into the Balkans. Faithful Belisarius was able to draw them  far south, cutting off retreat with a naval fleet. Then Byzantine diplomacy was able to engineer a  Kutrigur-Utrigur split, with the latter defeating their western brothers. The Bulgars and Slavs  then withdrew, and in 561, the Persians declared a fifty-year truce. At his death, Justinian left an  enlarged Empire more superficially magnificent, but with severe shortages in funds and  human/military resources while its commitments were exceedingly broad. 
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