Blues and Greens

Blues and Greens, political factions in the Byzantine Empire in the 6th cent. They took their names from two of the four colors worn by the circus charioteers. Their clashes were intensified by religious differences. The Greens represented Monophysitism and the lower classes; the Blues, orthodoxy and the upper classes. In 532 the two factions joined in the Nika revolt against Emperor Justinian I and Empress Theodora. However, Theodora's resolute stand and the aid of Belisarius and Narses ended the revolt. The factions continued to oppose each other into the 7th cent., but by the 9th cent. they had become mostly ceremonial.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Blues and Greens from Fact Monster:

  • blue-green algae - blue-green algae blue-green algae, popular name for those microorganisms that are now more properly ...
  • Color Psychology - Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. In Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. Today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.
  • Seasonal Color Analysis - Learn how color analysis helps people choose the right colors to wear
  • The History of Color - Learn how people in ancient times created colors for garments.
  • Analogous Colors - Analogous colors definition and examples including painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Ancient History, Late Roman and Byzantine