Historic Events, A.D. 535 – 575

A.D.Event
535Gothic War, phase 1
536The sun became dim… for nearly the whole year
537
538
539
540Ravenna reconquered by the Byzantines.
Totila, King of Ostrogoths, starts Gothic War, phase 2
541
542Pelagius (later Pope) pours out his own fortune to save the famine-stricken people of Rome; tries to induce Totila to grant a truce
543Fighting on land and sea, Totila reconquers lost territory
Totila visits Saint Benedict in Monte Cassino
544Byzantine Emperor Justinian I sends General Belisarius to Italy to counterattack
545
546Totila captures Rome from Belisarius, depopulates the city after yearlong siege
547
548
549
550
551Cerbonius flees to Elba from Totila
552Franks and Alamanni invade Italy
Totila dies July 1
553Gothic War ends
554General Narses (serving Justinian I) repels Totila
Franks and Alamanni invade Italy
555
556
557
558
559
560
561Byzantines control all of Italy, but country is so ravaged by war that normal life is impossible
562
563
564
565Emperor Justinian dies; Justin II reigns
566
567Lombards (“the crudest and most primitive of all the Germanic invaders”) invade Italy, absorbing remaining Ostrogoths
568
569
570
571
572Lombard King Alboin dies
573
574
575Cerbonius dies

Thanks to “www.tomysardinia.com” for the historic map

Lombard and Byzantine regions in Italy in 572 AD

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