Five years into the reign of Emperor Justinian, a riot began at the chariot races and spilled out into the city of Constantinople. Thousands of people died and large portions of the city were razed, including some very great buildings like the Hagia Sophia. The reign and, indeed, the very life of the emperor were in jeopardy. Why did it start? How did what seemed an ordinary bit of unrest come to threaten a ruler? How did it end? Why is it called the "Nika" revolt? And what did it all mean for the reign of Justinian?
Find out in this introduction by your Guide.