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By 533 the new Emperor's policies had aroused the ire of influential segments of the populace.  Peace with Persia seemed a defeat. John of Cappadocia's financial exactions were not only  irksome to all, but his personal life was believed to be repugnant. As well, Tribonian was a  confessed pagan of tremendous conceitedness. The representatives of this pent up disaffection  were the Blues and Greens, who united on 13 January 532 to launch an uprising from the  Constantinople Hippodrome with cries of "Nika, Nika!"--"win, win!"- directed against Justinian.  For the next five days they and other subjects rampaged through Constantinople's streets, setting  fire to government buildings including the Senate House and Praetorian Prefecture, as well as  sacred sites such as St. Sophia. Initially bowing to their demands, Justinian removed John of  Cappadocia and Tribonian from positions of power. When rioters proceeded to raise up as anti- Emperor Hypatius, an old relative of Anastasia, Justinian decided to flee the capital. Empress  Theodora, however shamed him in to staying to fight it out. It was at this point that two of his 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Vandal, ecclesiastical basis. Vandals, Eastern Imperial lands., point. Imperial prestige, Vandal king. Anxious, Nika Revolt. John

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