John Troglita the general of Justinian

Author(s):  N.E. Tret'yakova, Belgorod National Research University, Belgorod, Russia,

Issue:  Volume 46, № 1

Rubric:  Topical issues of world history

Annotation:  The article is devoted to the analysis of the biography of Byzantine commander John Troglita, whose deeds (especially against the rebellious Moors) in Africa soon after its conquest by Justinian became the subject of the last Latin epic poem of antiquity – “Iohannis, or about the Libyan war” by Cresconius Corippus. John Troglita (Ἰωάννης Τρωγλίτης) was a Byzantine general of the 6th century, one of the greatest military figures of the Empire of Justinian. Based on the comparative analysis of sources, the article defines the possible place and time of the commander’s birth, and gives a biographical note on his family composition. The main focus is on his military career and participation in the conquest of Africa, as well as his activities in Africa as a military magister in the subsequent period against the rebellious local tribes. John Troglita, resolutely defeated the tribal coalition in the fields of Cato in the summer of 548, marked the end of the Mauritanian uprising and marked the era of peace for Byzantine Africa.

Keywords:  John Troglita, Corippus, The Iohannis, Byzantine Africa, magister militum, Justinian.

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