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537-538 First Siege of Rome ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: Ineffective siege of Byzantine-occupied Rome by the Ostrogoths 1/3/537 - 12/3/538
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Gothic War in Italy
Battle Type:
The Battlefield Rome (1st) Location:
Rome, italy
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Justinian I) The Enemies
Commander: General Belisarius King Vitiges
Forces: 5,000 (+5,600 reinforcements later) c. 45,000
Background story:
The Battle:
Rome (1st)
Siege of Rome 537
On December 9, 536 AD, Belisarius entered Rome at the head of 5,000 troops, while the Ostrogoth garrison was leaving the city through a northern gate. Belisarius, with his small force, was unable to continue his march northwards to Ravenna, since the Ostrogoth forces vastly outnumbered his own. Instead, he settled in Rome, preparing for the inevitable counterstroke. A year-long defense of Rome saw General Belisarius hold out against a massive army under the Goth King Vitiges. The Goths suffered costly losses in attacks and counter-attacks during the siege and, when heavy Roman reinforcements arrived from the east, Vitiges withdrew under siege to his capital at Ravenna .
Aftermath: After the victory, the Romans gained the upper hand. Reinforcements under Narses arrived, which enabled Belisarius to take several Gothic strongholds and control most of Italy south of the River Po by the end of 539