Article of the Day:The Nika Riots

Article of the Day:
The Nika Riots

Nearly half of Constantinople was destroyed and some 30,000 people were killed in the Nika riots of 532 CE. Chariot racing was quite popular at the time, and rivalries between the fans of competing teams often became mingled with political or religious disputes, sometimes leading to riots. The Nika riots began when spectators at a chariot racing event, angered by the emperor’s refusal to pardon two rioters accused of murder, started attacking his palace. How was the rebellion finally suppressed? More…:


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