The struggle of the Greeks and the Goths was carried on for fourteen years, between 539 and 553, when Teias, the last Gothic king, was finally defeated in a bloody battle near Vesuvius.
Thus the lower Eocene has some lignite in the eastern Gulf region, while in Teias lignite and saliferous and gypsiferous sediments are found, though most of the system is marine and of shallow water origin.
Here took place the battle between Narses and Teias in A.D.
The valiant remains of the nation made another stand under Teias on the Lactarian Hill in Campania; after that they disappear from history.
By skilfully co-operating with his fleet, he was able to cross the rivers of Venetia without fighting the Gothic general Teias, who intended to dispute their passage.
Teias, who was proclaimed his successor, protracted for a few months a desperate resistance in the rocky peninsula of Castellamare, overlooking the bay of Naples.
In this battle Teias was killed.
Against the small but gallant bands of Totila and Teias he had adopted the policy of rapid marches and imperative challenges to battle.