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Old 03-14-2009, 08:45 PM   #15
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Some more links citing the Slavic connection.

http://www.heritage-history.com/www/...belisarius.php
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Belisarius, who is thought to be of Slavic origin, began his career in the Roman army as a bodyguard of Justinian.
http://www.economicexpert.com/a/Belisarius.htm
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Belisarius was born in Germane, Illyria (modern day Yugoslavia), though we are not sure of the exact date. His family was Slavic in nature, but had lived inside the Empire for a century and were fully Romanized; his name (Beli Tsar) apparently meant "White Prince" in Slavic.
http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/b2belisarius.htm
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No one knows for sure where Belisarius was born, but many experts believe he was born in Germania, an area near Macedonia and Illyria1 (Yugoslavia)2 He was born in 505 AD. As with many people of that age, little is known about Belisarius' childhood. He appears to have been fully Romanized, but his name also seems to mean White Prince in Slavic.
http://www.mountainlilypress.com/Rom...torical6a.html
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Of Slavic background himself, Belisarius is open to all the influences available to him in a multicultural empire.
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=...um=7&ct=result

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Another interesting point is the fact that the Slavic invaders from the Danube areas expanded their power greatly during the reign of Justinian and Belisarius.
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