Roman rule over Spain ended in 400 AD with the endless barbarian invasions. The reconquest of Spain by the Eastern Empire was almost an accident. The Emperor Justinian had reconquered North Africa in 534 and was still fighting the long reconquest of Italy from 535 to 554. It is impossible to say whether Justinian, in the early years of his reign, had formed any definite plan for reconquering Spain, but we may be sure that it was one of his ambitions. But before he had completed the subjugation of the Ostrogoths, he was invited to intervene in Spain. In a nasty dynastic civil war, the Visigoth King Athanagild sought the support of the Emperor Justinian, who sent a fleet to the southern coasts of Spain. We'll watch a short film that traces the history of these people. We'll also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.