- May 2014
Why did the Byzantines never again become interested in ruling over North Africa after the 7th century? After the Muslims conquered North Africa in the 600s, the Byzantines never actually appear to have expressed any desire to reclaim it--even though in theory this might have been attempted given the Byzantine control of parts of Sicily and thus proximity to North Africa. Was it because the Byzantines felt that North Africa simply wasn't that important to them and that they needed to focus on matters closer to home? Or was there another reason for this--and, if so, what?