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The byzantine empire at 555 AD, at its greatest extent, following the last of Justinian's conquests in southern Spain. It is often said that Justinian's gains were illusory and did not last. In actual fact, although the Spanish province was quickly lost, Byzantine North Africa was held for over 200 years, and the East Romans were not ejected from southern Italy until the eleventh century, 550 years after Belisarius' and Narses' victory over the Goths.

The Byzantine Empire at 555 AD, Emperor Justinian with the help of general Belisarius reconquered part of the Western Roman Empire.