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And were directed solely at the Emperor. They then set fire to the building and embarked on a trail of destruction through the city. Many important civic sites were burnt to the ground, including the churches of Hagia Sophia and St Irene. The next day, the crowd demanded that John the Cappadocian and Tribonian be removed from their respective positions. Justinian, fearful of the consequences of refusing the demands, complied but these concessions failed to calm the situation. Instead, the following day the mob demanded that a new Emperor be selected and chose a man named Probus who was a nephew of the former Emperor Anastasius.

Surrounded by enemy cavalry, forced into a close formation and unable to • 44 • T H E RO M A N E M P I R E I N C R I S I S manoeuvre or escape, the Roman troops were massacred. As much as two thirds of the Roman army was destroyed during the battle including many important officers, administrators and officials. According to the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus (330–395AD) some reports stated that the Emperor received a mortal wound from an arrow and died without his body ever being recovered.

His personal opinions on spirituality were initially kept to himself but they would assume greater importance in the longer term. His decision to abandon Christianity was to earn him the title of Julian the Apostate, a title bestowed on him by Christian writers and critics. Julian was made Caesar of the West on 6 November 355 AD at Milan and was subsequently dispatched to Gaul. Before beginning his duties in Gaul he was married to Helena, the sister of Constantius II. Although he was without previous military experience and was thought by many to be an unlikely candidate for his new role, Julian proved successful, winning back Cologne and other territories from the Franks in 356 AD.

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