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Teia

Teia (d. 552 or 553), also known as Teja, Theia, Thila, Thela, Teias, was the last Ostrogothic king in Italy.

Apparently a military officer serving under Totila, Teia was chosen as successor after his superior was slain in the Battle of Busta Gallorum. On his way fleeing to southern Italy, he gathered support from prominent figures within Totila armies including Scipuar[?], Gundulf[?] (Indulf), Gibal[?] and Ragnaris[?] to make his last stand against the Byzantine eunuch general Narses at the Battle of Mons Lactarius[?], south of today Naples, in October 552 or early 553. The Ostrogothic armies was defeated once again. Teia was slain, his brother Aligern surrendered. Scipuar and Gibal were likely to be killed also. Gundulf and Ragnaris escaped from the field; the latter was mortally wounded after a failed assassination of Narses.

With that defeat, the Byzantine troops would no longer experience any organized Ostrogothic resistance. Although the last attested Gothic noble Widin[?] revolted in northern Italy in 550s and was captured in 561 or 562, the Ostrogoths would fade in obscurity.

Preceded by:
Totila
541-552
Teia
552



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