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Siege of Rome
Conflict: Gothic War
Date: 537-538 CE
Place: Rome, central Italy
Outcome: Byzantine victory
Combatants

Byzantines Byzantine Empire

Goths Ostrogoths

Commanders

Narses

Totila

Strength

5,000 and 7,000 reinforcements

up to 50,000

Casualties

no reliable estimates

no reliable estimates

The Siege of Rome was the conquest of Rome by the Eastern Roman Empire, who took it from the Goths and held it against a siege.

Siege

Having taken Rome, the Byzantines were besieged by the Goths. An aggressive defense using cavalry raids eventually forced the Goths to withdraw, at which point the Byzantines counterattacked.

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