Blues VS. Greens Byzantine Empire
By: Bryson, Noah, Hayden
What exactly started the conflict?
On January 13, 532, a tense and angry populace arrived at the Hippodrome for the races. The Hippodrome was next to the palace complex, and thus Justinian could watch from the safety of his box in the palace and preside over the races. From the start, the crowd had been hurling insults at Justinian. By the end of the day, at race 22, the partisan chants had changed from "Blue" or "Green" to a unified Nika, and the crowds broke out and began to assault the palace. For the next five days, the palace was under siege. The fires that started during the tumult resulted in the destruction of much of the city, including the city's foremost church, the Hagia Sophia.
How long did it Last?
The Nika revolt was a revolt against Emperor Justinian over the course of a week at Constantinople. It was the most violent riot in the history of Constantinople with over half the city being destroyed and tens of thousands of people being killed.
How did it end?
General Narses persuaded the Blue faction with gold and got them to abandon the Green side, leaving them stunned. The emperor's army then crushed the remaining rebels.
When did the feud take place?
The feud took place on January 13, 532
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