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The Ostrogothic throne then passed to Thoedoric

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The Ostrogothic throne then passed to Thoedoric's grandson Athalric, a child. His mother  Amalasuntha became a powerful regent. Still Romanist in intent, they elevated Cassiodorus to  Praetorian Prefect. Athalric died in 534, however, and Ostrogothic nobles were unprepared to  tolerate female rule, especially as she continued Romanization. They thus nominated Theodoric's  nephew Theodehad as king, who after marrying Amalasuntha, imprisoned her. According to  official Byzantine sources, she had been assured by Justinian of imperial protection, and after her  murder in 535, the Emperor had came close to effecting Theodehad's (also a Romanizer)  abdication in favor of himself. A preemptive Gothic strike against Dalmatia during which a close  associate of the Emperor was killed however, ended negotiations. Using recently re-conquered  ex- Vandal North Africa as a base, Justinian's general Belisarius invaded Sicily, occupying it  quickly (535), then proceeded to take Naples. Advancing north, Belisarius found only sporadic 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Belisarius, Praetorian Prefect. Athalric, preemptive Gothic strike, official Byzantine sources, tolerate female rule, Sassanian shah Chosroes

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