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Province of Spania
Provincia Spaniæ
Province of the Byzantine Empire

Spania in green
CapitalMálaga or Cartagena
Historical eraLate Antiquity
• Byzantine reconquest by Liberius
• Visigothic reconquest
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kingdom of the Visigoths
Kingdom of the Visigoths
Today part ofUK
 · Gibraltar

Spania (Latin: Provincia Spaniae) was a province of the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) from 552 until 624.[1] Spania was created after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. During this time, Visgothic and Suebi people had took over the Iberian Peninsula.

History[change | change source]

the Byzantine Empire in 555 CE

Byzantine emperor Justinian I tried to restore the western provinces of the Empire. Spania was established in what is now the Balearic Islands and southern Andalusia.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Dates vary. Some (Collins) put the date of landing as early as 551, other (Wallace-Hadrill) as late as 554. The conquest of the last vestiges of the province has been dated to 625 (Collins) or 629 (W-H).