Born In: Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria
Flavius Belisarius was a prominent military commander of the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Eastern Roman emperor Justinian I. Considered one of the last significant military figures in the Roman tradition, Belisarius’ growth had been phenomenal, starting as a royal bodyguard to advancing to military command. Mentioned frequently among the "Last of the Romans," Belisarius was a military genius whose military campaigns were mostly successful. He played an important role in re-conquering most of the former Western Roman Empire’s Mediterranean territory in Justinian's wars of re-conquest of the lost empire. Belisarius led the royal army in conquering the ‘Vandal Kingdom’ of North Africa during the ‘Vandalic War’ and much of Italy during the ‘Gothic War.’ He fought against the Sāsānian Empire (Persia) and won a significant battle at ‘Dara’ but faced defeat at Callinicum. His military tactics during the Siege of Ariminum led him to repulse a Persian invasion by deceiving their commander by approaching with several forces from different angles and lighting extra camp fires, making the opponents believe that a large force was approaching them. The siege was lifted sans any fight. He also drove away the nomadic Huns following their invasion of Melantias.