|545 - 546||Second Siege of Rome||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||The Ostrogoths captured Rome and then withdrew||545 - 546|
|War & Enemy:||
Gothic War in Italy
|The Battlefield|| Location:
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|The Byzantines(emperor: Justinian I)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||General Belisarius||King Totila|
During the new Goth offensive in Italy, king Totila, in pursuit of his quest to reconquer the region of Latium, moved against Rome. The city's defenses held firm however, so he decided to starve the city into surrender.
Portrait of Totila by Francesco Salviati
Pope Vigilius, who had fled to the safety of Syracuse, sent a flotilla of grain ships to feed Rome, but Totila's navy intercepted them near the mouth of the Tiber and captured the fleet. The imperial fleet, led by Belisarius, failed to relieve the city and Rome was forced to open its gates to the Goths. Rome was plundered, but Totila, who typically destroyed the fortifications of every city he took over, paused in his destruction of Rome's walls and gates and did not carry out his threat to make the city a pasture for cattle.
After Totila withdrew, Rome's walls and other fortifications were soon restored, so Totila marched against it again. This time, he was defeated by Belisarius but the general did not follow up his advantage.