Tiberius became Emperor in 578

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Tiberius became Emperor in 578. The situation was dire. In 575-7, Turks had appeared for the  first time as Byzantine enemies, taking a fortress in the Crimea. More pressing were the Avars  and their Slav raiders. Though Tiberius tried to hold them back with payments, from 577, they  had begun to infiltrate in large numbers into Thrace and Illyricum, actually over bridges that  Greek engineers had built as part of the subsidies. In 580, the Avars laid siege to Sirmium on the  Sava river near Belgrade, which fell in 582. In that same year a Cappadocian officer named  Maurice succeeded to the throne when Tiberius died of poison. He tried to follow the policy of  his predecessors--paying off the Avars and fighting the Persians. The Avars continued to raid,  occupying more of the Upper Balkans. Money to fight in the East was also lacking. Byzantium was blessed temporarily in 590. When Chosroes of Persia died in 579, he was 
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