MAIASK. 2017. No. 9

N. N. Bolgov (Belgorod, Russia).

The Byzantines on Bosporus at 6th century CE

DOI: 10.24411/2219-8857-2017-00016

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Pages: 375-380

The article examines the history of the Byzantine conquest of the Cimmerian Bosporus in the 6th century CE. through the prism of the prosopographical approach. The author briefly characterizes the biographical information about the main actors of these events, information about which has been preserved in written sources. Analysis of this information allows us to conclude that the conquest of a new country (and not the restoration of the power of the empire, as was the case in other cases of the Justinian era) was associated with the activities of the largest aristocrats, members of the Imperial family (Probus), as well as the major military commanders of the army Justinian of barbarous origin (Godila, Baduarius). In the process of research, the career achievements of these individuals are shown, as well as their role in the history of the Bosporus. In conclusion is given a typological assessment of the Bosporus region in the history of the conquests of Justinian.


Key words: Byzantines, Bosporus, empire, conquest, Utigurs, Crimea, military nobility.


Received December 18, 2017
Accepted for publication December 29, 2017


About the author:

Bolgov Nikolai Nikolayevich (Belgorod, Russia). Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of General History, Belgorod State National Research University.