Justinian I was a Byzantine emperor from 527-565. During his reign, Justinian sought to revive the empire's power by reconquering the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire. 1 of the most important figures of late antiquity & possibly the last Roman emperor to speak Latin as a first language, Justinian's rule constitutes a distinct epoch in the history of the early Middle Ages. The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time & domain.

Justinian was Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, and is sometimes called "the last Roman," because he was the last emperor to speak Latin as his first Language.Mosaic of Iustinianus I - Basilica San Vitale (Ravenna).

Solidus of Justinian I (r. 527–565), 538–565  Byzantine; Minted in Constantinople  Gold

Solidus of Justinian I 527 – 565 Byzantine; Minted in Constantinople Gold Coins gold

P: Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine empire was able to codify Roman law and therefore reduce legal confusion in the Byzantine empire. During his rule Emperor Justinian also attempted to recover Western territory, without much success.

Justinian the Great, was Byzantine Emperor from 527 to During his reign, Justinian sought to revive the Empire's greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire.

The Empress Theodora (500 – 28 June 548) wife of Justinian I, San Vitale, Ravenna. Theodora wasn't born in purple but Justinian married the woman he loved, she got to be Empress after a life as a prostitute but her low past made her a fighter for women's rights and a good ruler.

The Empress Theodora, San Vitale, Ravenna. Amazing mosaics in Ravenna ITALY

Justinian I.  A roman emperor.  He closed all philosophy schools in 529 AD, as he perceived their pagan character as being at odds with the Christian faith. Justinian I is considered a saint by orthodox christians.

New evidence suggests the Black Death bacterium caused the Justinianic Plague of the sixth to eighth centuries. The pandemic, named after the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (shown here), killed more than 100 million people.

St. Theodora (born: 500 AD?; died: 548 AD) - Married Justinian in about 523 AD  and in 527 AD Justinian I and Theodora took control of the empire. She participated in making Constantinople one of the world’s most sophisticated cities and promoted women’s rights. She had bridges, aqueducts, and churches built. She had laws passed that gave women more rights in divorce and property ownership.

died: 548 AD Empress Theodora was one of the most influential and powerful women in the Early Middle Ages. She was the wife of Emperor Justinian I and joint ruler of the Byzantine Empire

Legionnaire In the Macedonian Legion stationed in Egypt in the year 540 during the reign of Emperor Justinian I.

Legionnaire In the Macedonian Legion stationed in Egypt in the year 540 during the reign of Emperor Justinian I.

The Empress Theodora, (c. 500 – 28 June 548), was empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. Theodora is perhaps the most influential and powerful woman in the Roman Empire's history. Some sources even mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as her co-regent.

Died today Theodora, wife of the Roman Emperor Justinian I The Great. She was one of the most influential and powerful Roman Empresses

Byzantinischer Mosaizist des 5. Jahrhunderts 002 - Great Palace Mosaic Museum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Byzantinischer Mosaizist des Jahrhunderts 002 - Great Palace Mosaic Museum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anatolia and the Caucasus, 500–1000 A.D. | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The "Antioch Chalice," first half of century, Byzantine, Silver, silver-gilt (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) - Pinned by The Mystic's Emporium

Byzantine Empire. 5th century. Empress Theodora.  She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. Some sources mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as his co-regent.

She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. Some sources mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as his co-regent.

Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee.    Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

Andre Durenceau - "Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee" - National Geographic Magazine,

Theodora is considered a great female figure of the Byzantine Empire, and a pioneer of feminism, because of the laws she passed, increasing the rights of women. As a result of Theodora's efforts, the status of women in the Byzantine Empire was elevated far above that of women in the Middle East and the rest of Europe.

Theodora I (c. 500 – 28 June Empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire and wife of Emperor Justinian I. Detail from century mosaic "Empress Theodora and Her Court”, Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna via Wikipedia.

500-550 AD. Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis [Byzantine] Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis, Byzantine, Marble and glass

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