Justin (consul 540)

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Flavius Mar Petrus Theodorus Valentinus Rusticius Boraides Germanus Iustinus, simply and commonly known as Justin (Iustinus, Ἰουστίνος; c. 525–566), was an East Roman (Byzantine) aristocrat and general.wikipedia
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Justin II

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At the time of Justinian's death, he was seen as a probable successor, but was beaten to the throne by his cousin, Justin II ((r.
The clarification was needed because there was another nephew and candidate for the throne, Justin, son of Germanus.

Justinian (general)

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In 550, together with his younger brother Justinian, he joined their father in his expedition against Ostrogoth Italy, but Germanus died suddenly in the autumn of 550, before the army had left the Balkans, where it was assembling.
527–565). He had an elder brother, Justin, and a sister, Justina, who married the general John.

Germanus (cousin of Justinian I)

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Justin was born around 525, the eldest son of Germanus and his wife Passara.
The conspirators first told Justin, Germanus's eldest son, of their intentions.

Byzantine Empire under the Justinian dynasty

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A member of the Justinian Dynasty and nephew of Emperor Justinian I ((r.

Artabanes

Artabanes (general)
In 549, he was instrumental in the revelation of the plot to overthrow Emperor Justinian by the Armenian general Artabanes and his associates.
The conspirators approached Germanus's son Justin first, and revealed to him the plot.

Siege of Phasis

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The Byzantines hastily departed for the town, managing to reach it before the Persian army and then proceeded to successfully defend it during a prolonged siege.
The Byzantine forces of the area were led by the magister militum per Armeniam Martin and his second-in-command Justin, son of Germanus.

Marcellus (comes excubitorum)

Marcellus
Notified of their intentions, Justin informed his father, who then told Marcellus, the Count of the Excubitors, leading to the plotters' arrest.
To this end, they contacted Germanus's eldest son, Justin.

Amalafrid

Amalafridas
Shortly after, they were ordered north to assist the Lombards against the Gepids along with Aratius, Suartuas, and Amalafridas, but the Byzantines were detained from advancing too far north by the need to suppress religious strife in the city of Ulpiana.
When the Lombards applied to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I for help against the Gepids, he sent an army under the command of Justinus and Justinianus, the sons of Germanus; Aratius and Suartuas (a former ruler of the Heruli); and Amalafrid.

Vartsikhe

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Justin's only activity during this time was to dispatch one of his officers, Elminzur, to capture Rhodopolis (modern Vartsikhe) with 2,000 cavalry.
In 557, a force of 2,000 cavalrymen placed by the Eastern Roman general Justin under command of a Hun named Elminzur entered Rhodopolis unopposed as both the Persian garrison and locals were outside of the city walls.

Battle of Telephis–Ollaria

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The Persian general Mihr-Mihroe, however, succeeded in dislodging Martin from Telephis.
The Byzantines had just reinforced the region with a large force under the generals Martin, Bessas, and Bouzes, accompanied by Justin, son of Germanus, with Martin stationing at the strategic frontier stronghold of Telephis, which featured a difficult terrain, and Bessas and Justin stationing at Ollaria, which was located nearby.

Aratius

Shortly after, they were ordered north to assist the Lombards against the Gepids along with Aratius, Suartuas, and Amalafridas, but the Byzantines were detained from advancing too far north by the need to suppress religious strife in the city of Ulpiana.
In 552, Aratius, Amalafrid, Justin, Justinian and Suartuas were sent on a new mission to the Lombards.

Bouzes

Buzes
In 554, now experienced in military affairs, Justin was sent east to Lazica to join the Byzantine forces under Bessas, Buzes, and Martin.
Justin served as a deputy to Martinus and was apparently third in line.

Sophia (empress)

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In reality, he was too great a threat to the new emperor to be left alive; the Visigoth chronicler John of Biclaro explicitly attributes the murder to Justin II's wife, the Empress Sophia.
The main challenge to the new reign was another Justin, cousin to the new emperor.

Bessas (general)

Bessas
In 554, now experienced in military affairs, Justin was sent east to Lazica to join the Byzantine forces under Bessas, Buzes, and Martin.
Bessas reappears in the campaign of 554, when he was appointed joint commander in Lazica with Martin, Bouzes and Justin.

Lazic War

Justinian I

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A member of the Justinian Dynasty and nephew of Emperor Justinian I ((r. Germanus was a cousin of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I ((r.

Roman consul

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527 – 565)), he was appointed as one of the last Roman consuls in 540, before going on to assume senior military commands in the Balkans and in Lazica.

Balkans

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In 550, together with his younger brother Justinian, he joined their father in his expedition against Ostrogoth Italy, but Germanus died suddenly in the autumn of 550, before the army had left the Balkans, where it was assembling. 527 – 565)), he was appointed as one of the last Roman consuls in 540, before going on to assume senior military commands in the Balkans and in Lazica.

Lazica

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In 554, now experienced in military affairs, Justin was sent east to Lazica to join the Byzantine forces under Bessas, Buzes, and Martin. 527 – 565)), he was appointed as one of the last Roman consuls in 540, before going on to assume senior military commands in the Balkans and in Lazica.

Slavs

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He fought against the Slavs, the Sassanid Persians and supervised the Byzantine Empire's first contacts with the Avars.

Sasanian Empire

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He fought against the Slavs, the Sassanid Persians and supervised the Byzantine Empire's first contacts with the Avars.

Pannonian Avars

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He fought against the Slavs, the Sassanid Persians and supervised the Byzantine Empire's first contacts with the Avars.

Egypt

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565 – 578)), who exiled him to Egypt, where he was murdered.

List of Byzantine emperors

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Germanus was a cousin of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I ((r.

Consular diptych

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565 – 578)). In 540, he was named ordinary consul at a very young age; he is illustrated as beardless in his consular diptych, and is still mentioned as a "young man" by Procopius nine years later.