According to the Byzantine historian Procopius, Vacis was a commander of the Ostrogoth king Vitigis in the mid-6th century during the Gothic War (535–554).[1] During these wars the Byzantines fought the Ostrogoths for control of the Italian peninsula. Procopius records that Vacis made a speech to the people of Rome, who were allegedly more in favour of the Byzantines than the Ostrogoths, by reproaching them and reminding them that the Ostrogoths could at least defend their city, while the only Greeks who had ever come to Italy were actors of tragedies, mimes and thieving sailors. [2]

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  1. ^ Andrew J. Ekonomou, Byzantine Rome and the Greek Popes, Lexington Books, 2007
  2. ^ Andrew J. Ekonomou, Byzantine Rome and the Greek Popes, Lexington Books, 2007