John (nephew of Vitalian)

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John (Ioannes, fl. 537–553), the nephew of the rebel Vitalian, was an East Roman (Byzantine) general under Justinian I (r. 527–565), who was active in the Gothic War in Italy and against the Gepids in the western Balkans. He was married to Justina, the daughter of Justinian's cousin Germanus.

In fiction[edit]

John appears as a character in the time travel novel Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp.


  • Bury, John Bagnell (1958). History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian, Volume 2. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-20399-9.
  • Martindale, John R., ed. (1992). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: Volume III, AD 527–641. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 652–661. ISBN 0-521-20160-8.