War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots.  First the stewards and then the riot squad had been unable to deal with the supporters when trouble flared on the stands, and eventually, after they had occupied the entire stadium in their tens of thousands, the decision was made to send in troops and declare martial law. Order was to be restored, and anyone still disobeying the command to vacate did so at their own risk.

War on the Terraces: The Nika Riots. First the stewards and then the riot squad had been unable to deal with the supporters when trouble flared on the stands, and eventually, after they had occupied the entire stadium in their tens of thousands, the decision was made to send in troops and declare martial law. Order was to be restored, and anyone still disobeying the command to vacate did so at their own risk.

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Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee.    Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee. Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

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The Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora after the Nika riot (18 January 532 AD)

The Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora after the Nika riot (18 January 532 AD)

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Nika İsyanı, meşhur Bizans imparatoru Justinianus’un canını zor kurtardığı halk ayaklanmasıdır. Bizans İmparatorluğu’nun sınırlarını neredeyse iki katına çıkaran, Ayasofya‘yı inşa ettiren ve 38 yıl hüküm süren imparator Justinianus, henüz hükümdarlığının beşinci yılında bu isyan yüzünden tahtından olabilirdi.

Nika İsyanı, meşhur Bizans imparatoru Justinianus’un canını zor kurtardığı halk ayaklanmasıdır. Bizans İmparatorluğu’nun sınırlarını neredeyse iki katına çıkaran, Ayasofya‘yı inşa ettiren ve 38 yıl hüküm süren imparator Justinianus, henüz hükümdarlığının beşinci yılında bu isyan yüzünden tahtından olabilirdi.

Those who have worn the crown should never survive its loss. Never will I see the day when I am not saluted as empress. — Empress Theodora to Emperor Justinian I when he considered fleeing from Constantinople during the Nika Riots

Those who have worn the crown should never survive its loss. Never will I see the day when I am not saluted as empress. — Empress Theodora to Emperor Justinian I when he considered fleeing from Constantinople during the Nika Riots

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