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Justinian the Great
A look at the life and rule of Justinian the Great.
# 133609 | 2,000 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (Greek and Roman) , History (Leaders)

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This paper examines the life of Justinian, a man who rose from an obscure background to become emperor and earned the title "the Great" by restoring the empire to a partial measure of the glory that it had once had. The paper discusses how he managed to intervene successfully in Africa, Spain, and Italy, gradually bringing these areas back in imperial control. The paper notes that he also persecuted several Christian heresies, while allowing paganism to die out.

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"In 526, on the death of his adoptive uncle, the emperor Justin, Justinian became emperor without dispute. He was forty-five years old, mature, not a creative mind, but clear and determined. He restored order amid political /religious passions, rebuilt the empire, and guarded the frontiers, all remarkably well. (Durant, 104-05: Bury, 23-27) He brought with him as his empress and co-ruler his wife Theodora. Scandalous history holds that Theodora was former prostitute. Historians agree that Theodora was poor and had an obscure, non-noble background. The same was true of Justinian. Aristocrats never forgave her these flaws."

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