This was better in some respects than if the mercenaries had been foreigners.
It must further be noticed that the rise of mercenaries was synchronous with a change in the nature of Italian despotism.
These served partly as mercenaries, partly in contingents contributed by the states in virtue of their alliance.
The mercenaries again held Ortygia and Achradina.
With 15,000 mercenaries, whom he had to train into Roman discipline, he took Carthage, defeated Gelimer the Vandal king, and carried him captive, in 534, to grace the first triumph witnessed in Constantinople.