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Thus whatever church leaders agreed upon in an ecumenical council was immediately pronounced as law by the Emperor. Those who dissented were labelled as 'schismatics', deprived of office and banished. In practice, in the East, the Emperor was considered the living image of Christ, and he was head of the Church. Constantine was seen as God's chosen deputy. The Imperial power was seen as the earthly reflection of God's heavenly power. The Emperor not only presided at Church Councils, he had the right to approve all candidates for the post of Patriarch of Constantinople, the eastern equivalent of the Bishop of Rome.

His ambition to reconquer the western Empire was nearly successful. Mter defeating the Persians his great general Belisarius first attacked and destroyed the Vandal kingdom of North Mrica in 534, and then crossed to southern Italy, defeating the Ostrogoths, capturing Rome, then their king, and finally their capital, Ravenna. But the eastern Empire was not able to hold its Italian conquests. In 568, another Germanic tribe, the Lombards, invaded the peninsula. They set up a Kingdom that would consist of all northern, most of central, and even part of southern Italy.

The Ostrogoths, after Adrianople, left the lower Danube, and moved to northern and central Italy. In 492 their King Theodoric overthrew Odoacer of the Heruli and set up a kingdom which would last until 563, taking as its capital Ravenna, which had become the capital of the western Empire in 404. The Vandals crossed the Rhine, passed through France and into Spain where they set up a kingdom in the south. EJected by the Visigoths they developed a naval capacity which enabled them to cross to North Mrica and set up a second kingdom near Carthage from which they seized the islands of the western Mediterranean and even landed and sacked Rome in 455.

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