The Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 178 pages
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When Justinian assumed the title of Roman Emperor in 527 CE, the empire that he inherited - now based in Constantinople - had lost its western provinces, including Rome itself, and was threatened from within by profound theological splits, and from without by the various barbarian kingdoms that surrounded it. By taking military action against the barbarian Ostrogoths, Visigoths, and Vandals, and signing an eternal peace with Persia, Justinian managed to reclaim many of the lands formerly held by Rome. Through his incessant legislation and an extensive building programme, he sought to reestablish the old Roman cultural institutions of order and architectural beauty in his newly won empire. An inveterate reformer and innovative leader, whose name remains on the beams of the Hagia Sophia, and whose influence extends into the legal practices of the present time, Justinian remains as compelling a figure today as he was to the historians who first recorded his achievements almost 1500 years ago. Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire offers readers and researchers an appealing mix of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated primary documents. An overview of the world of Late Antiquity is presented in the introduction, and is followed by chapters on the shape of the Empire, the Nike revolt of 532, the legal achievements of Justinian, the Empress Theodora, and Justinian's building programme. The narrative chapters conclude with a section discussing the imperial achievements as a whole. An annotated bibliography and index are also included in this work.
  

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Contents

The Shape of the Empire in Late Antiquity
1
The Nika Revolt of 532
15
The Legal Achievement of Justinian
21
Empress Theodora
33
Justinians Building Program
49
Conclusion The Imperial Achievement
59
The Personalities of the Byzantine Empire
69
Primary Documents of the Byzantine Empire
105
Glossary
145
Annotated Bibliography
161
Index
169
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James Allan Evans is Professor Emeritus of Classical Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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