Justinian the Great


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Noun1.Justinian the Great - Byzantine emperor who held the eastern frontier of his empire against the PersiansJustinian the Great - Byzantine emperor who held the eastern frontier of his empire against the Persians; codified Roman law in 529; his general Belisarius regained North Africa and Spain (483-565)
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Built in 532AD in ancient Constantinople - today Istanbul in Turkey - the Hagia Sophia is the crowning masterpiece of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian the Great.
The one exception in the empire's thousand years was the Nika revolt of 532, when Justinian the Great, at the urging of Empress Theodora, sent soldiers to slaughter the murderous mob assembled in the Hippodrome to acclaim another emperor.
[The study] steers a wide path between the two rather obsessional subjects of the emperor Julian the Apostate's adhesion to Hellenic religion until his death in 363 and the emperor Justinian the Great's supposed final suppression of pagan cult in 529." The author also states that this work is not about paganism or Christianity, but rather it is an in-depth investigation of the radical transformation that occurred in Greek cities and in the hinterlands--the cultural and religious context for this transformation and the dynamics, personalities and behaviors of leaders and intellectuals, and occurrences among the people.