Religious causes of the Justinian’s Reconquista

Andrey Yur’evich Mitrofanov PhD in history, post-graduate student, University of Frioburg (Avenue de l’Europe 20, Fribourg, Switzerland, 1700), associate professor, The St. Filaret Orthodox Christian Institute (ulica Pokrovka, dom 29, Moscow, Russia, 105062),

Mitrofanov A. Y. Religious causes of the Justinian’s Reconquista, Religiya. Tserkov’. Obshchestvo. Issledovaniya i publikatsii po teologii i religii [Religion. Church. Society: Research and publications in the field of theology and religious studies], Saint-Petersburg, 2015, vol. 4, pp. 198–233.

doi: 10.24411/2308-0698-2015-00010

Language: Russian

The paper carefully studies the religious motifs of the military politic of Emperor Justinian I, which had been known as the Justinian’s Reconquista. The author, carefully studying historical sources, mainly texts by Procopius of Caesarea, and taking into account modern historiography on the topic, demonstrates the specific of political use of religion. The main thesis of the article is that Justinian wars were justificated by the idea of the defense of the Orthodox faith and the Catholic Church against the barbarians — the Arians. Besides, military strategy and arming of the both sides of the battle is reconstructed. Specifics of the authors approach is detailed description of the military politics of Justinian in a wide historical background — the sequence of events, political and cultural effects of the Gothic war and the Migration Period.
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Key words: the Goths, Byzance, Justinian, Amalasunta, Teodatus, Belisarius, Procopius


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