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War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots.  First the stewards and then the riot squad had been unable to deal with the supporters when trouble flared on the stands, and eventually, after they had occupied the entire stadium in their tens of thousands, the decision was made to send in troops and declare martial law. Order was to be restored, and anyone still disobeying the command to vacate did so at their own risk.

War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots. First the stewards and then the riot squad had been unable to deal with the supporters when trouble flared on the stands, and eventually, after they had occupied the entire stadium in their tens of thousands, the decision was made to send in troops and declare martial law. Order was to be restored, and anyone still disobeying the command to vacate did so at their own risk.

War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots

War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots

Empress Theodora ... she charmed Prince Justinian with her beauty and wit, & when he inherited the Byzantine Empire, he repelled the law that prevented government officials from marrying actresses & married her. In January 532, riots (the Nika Riots) broke out against the rule of Justinian. When he & his officials prepared to flee the empire, Theodora held a passioned speech that convinced them all to stay and fight.

Empress Theodora ... she charmed Prince Justinian with her beauty and wit, & when he inherited the Byzantine Empire, he repelled the law that prevented government officials from marrying actresses & married her. In January 532, riots (the Nika Riots) broke out against the rule of Justinian. When he & his officials prepared to flee the empire, Theodora held a passioned speech that convinced them all to stay and fight.

The Emperor Justinian, who expanded the boundaries of Byzantine Empire to a double amount, had Hagia Sophia built and reigned for 38 years, could have lost his throne because of the riots on the fifth year of his reign. If the riots had been successful in its aim, Hagia Sophia would not have ever existed.

The Emperor Justinian, who expanded the boundaries of Byzantine Empire to a double amount, had Hagia Sophia built and reigned for 38 years, could have lost his throne because of the riots on the fifth year of his reign. If the riots had been successful in its aim, Hagia Sophia would not have ever existed.

The Nika riots (Greek: Στάσις τοῦ Νίκα), or Nika revolt, took place over the course of a week in Constantinople in AD 532. It was the most violent riot in the history of Constantinople, with nearly half the city being burned or destroyed & tens of thousands of people killed. It remains today one of the world's deadliest ever riots

The Nika riots (Greek: Στάσις τοῦ Νίκα), or Nika revolt, took place over the course of a week in Constantinople in AD 532. It was the most violent riot in the history of Constantinople, with nearly half the city being burned or destroyed & tens of thousands of people killed. It remains today one of the world's deadliest ever riots

When the Nika riots broke out in the hippodrome of Constantinople in January 532, Theodora saved her husband Justinian's throne...

When the Nika riots broke out in the hippodrome of Constantinople in January 532, Theodora saved her husband Justinian's throne...

Empress Theodora ... she charmed Prince Justinian with her beauty and wit, & when he inherited the Byzantine Empire, he repelled the law that prevented government officials from marrying actresses & married her. In January 532, riots (the Nika Riots) broke out against the rule of Justinian. When he & his officials prepared to flee the empire, Theodora held a passioned speech that convinced them all to stay and fight.

Empress Theodora ... she charmed Prince Justinian with her beauty and wit, & when he inherited the Byzantine Empire, he repelled the law that prevented government officials from marrying actresses & married her. In January 532, riots (the Nika Riots) broke out against the rule of Justinian. When he & his officials prepared to flee the empire, Theodora held a passioned speech that convinced them all to stay and fight.

History for Kossacks: The Nika Riots

History for Kossacks: The Nika Riots

Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee.    Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee. Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

The Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora after the Nika riot (18 January 532 AD)

The Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora after the Nika riot (18 January 532 AD)

Imagine going to the Super Bowl, having the doors closed and fans slaughtered? That's what happened (somewhat) during the Nika Riots. Learn more here! #nika #Justinian

Slaughtering the Spectators: The Nika Riots

Imagine going to the Super Bowl, having the doors closed and fans slaughtered? That's what happened (somewhat) during the Nika Riots. Learn more here! #nika #Justinian

Byzantine Empire: Justinian and Theodora - IV: Vanquishing the Vandals - Extra History Thirty-nine days after the disastrous Nika Riots ended with the slaughter of 30,000 civilians, Justinian directed the city to rebuild the Hagia Sophia. Together, they built an even greater cathedral - but Justinian was not satisfied. He was called a Roman emperor, but he did not rule Rome itself. He resolved to reconquer the west, starting with Carthage in Afri

Byzantine Empire: Justinian and Theodora - IV: Vanquishing the Vandals - Extra History Thirty-nine days after the disastrous Nika Riots ended with the slaughter of 30,000 civilians, Justinian directed the city to rebuild the Hagia Sophia. Together, they built an even greater cathedral - but Justinian was not satisfied. He was called a Roman emperor, but he did not rule Rome itself. He resolved to reconquer the west, starting with Carthage in Afri