Lecture 3 - The Age of Justinian

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History 205 Byzantium: Imperial Age January 29, 2007 Lecture 3 – The Age of Justinian In the 6 th century, cities started to change o Rise of Christianity o Changing nature of the elites The age of Justinian (reign from 527-565) saw the largest extent of the Byzantine empire o Last time the traditional Roman empire looks the way it traditionally did o The Byzantine empire continued for another 1000 years, but was never as glorious Justinian is seen as a harsh autocrat Justin I (reigned from 518-527) was Justinian’s uncle o He was from Nis o He had a military career and eventually became the head of the palace guards o When the emperor at the time died, he took over o He gave his nephew Justinian very high positions all along and declared Justinian co-emperor right before he died Justinian’s real name was Flavius Petrus Sabbatius) o He adopted the name Justinian in honor of his uncle who adopted him and had him educated o He was a native Latin speaker o He was from the countryside, but became very highly educated when he came to Constantinople Justinian married Theodora o She was a prostitute before marrying Justinian Procopius praised Justinian for several specific things:
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