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    Justinian's Legacy

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    Justinian I, Justinian the Great, ruled the Byzantine Empire from 527 A.D. to 565 A.D. Born a peasant, Justinian grew with the help of his uncle, Justin I and under his tutelage the Byzantine Empire flourished; establishing a legacy for Justinian and his people. After gaining the trust of his people, Justinian dedicated himself to fostering the cultural and economic growth of his empire. He created a code of conduct with a well-informed panel of citizens and although Justinian died in 565, his code served the Byzantine Empire for almost 900 years after his death and can be found rooted in European law today. This paper will examine the significance of Justinian’s rule to the Byzantine Empire and the effects of his legacy, through exploration…

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    I hope that this letter finds you in good spirits. I am writing you to share the triumphant actions and accomplishments of Justinian to the Byzantine Empire and beyond. As you may very well remember Justinian decided to rebuild Constantinople. Already being known for great works of art he has since created laws to form what is called Justinian’s Code. These new laws set fourth rules of betrothal, marriage, divorce and punishment for adultery and has been vital to our community thus far. As…

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    What differences does Procopius see between the official and Secret History? Justinian during the reign of the Byzantium empire he had Procopius writing about him and about his government. Procopius had access to a lot of the fights that justinian fought therefore he had information from first hand and he was able to write about Justinian life. Procopius did a really good job during his life, he was the only historian who was able to write information about the Byzantium empire that it was…

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    Justinian contributions to the Byzantine empire were magnificent he is also known for a great failure. This failure was trying to reconquer the western Mediterranean provinces when a peace treaty with the Persian empire soon failed to live up to its name. Justinian build a chain of well-equipped fortresses throughout Syria and let his forces free on the central and western Mediterranean. The re-conquest started out well with the restoration of North Africa to the Byzantine Empire. From there…

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    I thought it was extremely informative and the author did a great job at keeping me intrigued. There were parts where the story was boring but he did a good job at putting in something that interesting happened to allow the book to pick back up. Some of the points I thought were interesting was how the families acted towards each other. One spot in the book it talked about after Constantine died, he did not say who would rule next. His three sons then thought they should all be rulers. One of…

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    The silk road as it was known for, was one of the biggest supply roads Byzantine had. Silk was mostly the most prized possession to have during that time because it was difficult to get and the price was pretty high. Taxing these stuff was important for the Byzantine Empire because most of the money would come from taxation. Some silks have even been discovered in graves in Egypt which shows only upper-class people would usually have them. With more and more trade Constantinople was getting more…

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    Western Art Influence

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    propaganda as shown in Stele of Naram-Sin. Trajan’s column shows a continuous frieze depicting a pictorial narrative of his Dacian campaigns. The story of Trajan’s victory is revealed as the relief bands spiral upwards. Thus, the potency of the political actor’s use of art to depict military campaigns lays in its ability to glorify the state. Furthermore, the state’s patronage in the arts has proven more influential than that of the individual. Rulers, regardless of their culture, undertook…

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    ‘The Secret History’ was released after Justinian’s death and widely disseminated throughout the Empire. However, the success of Theodora and Justinian may have deterred iconoclastic action; little evidence indicates that Theodora’s legacy was seriously diminished. More importantly, powerful Empresses would continue to arise throughout the successive four centuries of Byzantine history. Procopius’ polemic towards Theodora and Antonina thus indicates two very important things: notice of powerful…

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    Power In San Vitale

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    It is not uncommon for cathedrals in the Byzantine Empire to be used as status of prosperity and power, rather than being solely places of worship. San Vitale is known for the incredible mosaics that create a focus on Justinian, Theodora, and other political figures which make it more of a glorification of the emperor than a religious building. How much decadence and lavishness is acceptable before the focus of this church becomes more about paying respects to the people in power in the time it…

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    This trust would empower her to utilize the power to promote religious and social policies that favored her interests. When Justinian met Theodora, she was an actress and had been converted to monophysitism, a non-orthodox doctrine. Attracted by her intellect and comeliness, Justinian made her his mistress and married in 525 Ca. Special legislations were passed to marry the actress and man of higher seniority rank. Though Theodora is was never coregent, she is mentioned in several laws passed…

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