The Romanized Thracian Belisarius and the Illyrian Mundus secretly left the Palace and marched on th

The Romanized Thracian Belisarius and the Illyrian Mundus secretly left the Palace and marched on th

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The Romanized Thracian Belisarius and the Illyrian Mundus secretly left the Palace and marched  on the Hippodrome, surprising the riots' ringleaders there. At the same time the Imperial  Bodyguard leader Narses, an Armenian eunuch, blocked all the exits and issued orders that no  one leave alive. Ultimately, nearly 30,000 rebels were slaughtered, ending the Nika Revolt. John  and Tribonian were restored, and Justinian then embarked on an even larger building campaign  of restoration, focusing most of his attentions on St. Sophia. Having regained imperial preeminence, the indefatigable Justinian surged forward, first with the  reconquest of Vandals in North Africa. Relations between the Vandal rulers and the populace  were poor. While the occupiers followed Arianism, the African Church was strongly Catholic,  and had a solid ecclesiastical basis. Vandals had tried since the 450s to weaken the Catholic  Church, but had not succeeded, merely alienating the population and remaining obnoxious in the  eyes of Eastern Rome. Additionally, in the 520s, Childeric had become Vandal king. Anxious to 
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