Emperor xeno took control in the east after the death of romulus augustus. Entered into alliance with theoderic and the. Long rule allowed for accomplishments during his reign, ambitious. Hired good people and delegated tasks to these people. Last emperor who spoke latin as mother tongue. Personal values promoted the latin culture and wanted to reunite the. Latin and greek influences in one unified empire. Married to theodora (hated be everyone), called a prostitute, intelligent and proud, co ruler from 527 to 548. Knowledge of her comes from procopius (500-562), author of secret history. Stories from the byzantine palace, tells us the intricate background workings of the palace (re)conquest of the west. Belisarius (505-565) hired to lead the empire to re conquest the empire. Sailed with 5000 troops and 3000 cavalry to the italian peninsula, victory in the beginning but then soon the campaign descends into chaos with. Ostrogoth resistance due to change of leadership with the death of theoderic.