Emperor Justinian: Builder of the Byzantine Legend Essay

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š The writing in Bold refers to the Works Cited page where the info came from Justinian was a Byzantine Emperor who helped to revitalize the Byzantine Empire that would leave a lasting legacy for Western Civilization. During Justinianfs reign, the Byzantine Empire was at a time of decline. With Justinianfs visions, he was able to lay out a foundation that would help the Byzantine Empire live for many years to come. Justinian (Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus) was born in 483 AD at Tauresium in Illyricum in the Balkans of what is now central Europe. He was the nephew of Emperor Justin. His uncle Justin had passed over the duties of governing the Empire to his wife Lupicina, and nephew Justinian (Fortescue-Justinian …show more content…
With peace now in the East, Justinian appointed General Belisarius to lead an army and re-conquer the western Roman provinces(Fortescue-Justinian I, Roman Emperor). In 533, Belisariusfs army smashed the Vandals and took over North African provinces and sent their King, Gelimer, back to Constantinople as a prisoner. In 535, the Byzantines overtook Sicily and then moved into Italy (Norwich-A Short History of Byzantium,68-69).
In December of 536, Belisariusfs army entered Rome (Norwich- A Short History of Byzantium,69). The Ostrogoths had returned to Rome after war in the Italian peninsula, and forced the Byzantine army to remain under siege until 538, when reinforcement came (Fortescue- Justinian I, Roman Emperor). The war between the Ostrogoths and the Byzantines lasted until 552 when the Byzantines defeated their enemies at the Battle of Mon Lactarius (Bury-History of Later Roman Empire, 273). As the war for Italy cooled down, the Byzantines were introduced to a new opportunity in Spain. The Visigoths had gone into a civil war with King Agilia for the Visigoth throne. Justinian and his army were invited to help aid the Visigoths in the fight for the throne. Under Liberiusfs command, the Byzantine took control over the Southern Roman provinces that had fallen under the control of the Visigoths. When the war ended, the Byzantines were asked to leave but refused and kept control of these provinces

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