(history) A general of the Byzantine Empire, who was instrumental to Emperor Justinian's ambitious project of reconquering much of the Mediterranean territory of the former Western Roman Empire, which had been lost less than a century previously.
Byzantine general under Emperor Justinian I who led campaigns against the Vandals in North Africa and the Ostrogoths in Italy.
A.d. 505?-565; Byzantine general under Justinian I.
Origin of belisarius
From LatinBelisarius, from Byzantine Greek Βελισάριος (Belisarios).
Belisarius Sentence Examples
Belisarius starved out Vitiges in 539, and became master of it.
The Romans, though led by Belisarius, could do little against him.
Long after the Goths had lost Rome they still clung to Ravenna, till at length, weary of the feebleness of their own king, Vitiges, and struck with admiration of their heroic conqueror, they offered to transfer their allegiance to Belisarius on condition of his assuming the diadem of the Western Empire.
Belisarius dallied with the proposal until he had obtained an entrance within the walls of the capital, and proclaimed his inviolable fidelity to Justinian.
Their development as a maritime people, engaged in small trading and intimately acquainted with their home waters, led Belisarius to seek their help in his task of recovering Italy from the Goths.