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Unformatted text preview: 4-03-2007Essay 5BSeparated by more than half a millennium, Justinian and Caesar were trying to do almost the opposite of each other. Justinian was trying to reconnect the Eastern Roman Empire with the West, although he may have used unconventional methods in going about this. Caesar, on the other hand, was trying to move as far away from tradition as possible. His quest for dignitas and absolute supremacy went against all traditional republican views and values. The actions of both men had lasting implications throughout the empire. The actions of Caesar, however, did more to actually transform the empire.Justinian may have seemed like a ruthless emperor, killing more than 30,000 Romans during the Nika riots (Procopius, CP 193). However, he only did this because he felt threatened, both personally and in his position on the throne—so much so that he saw his only two options, pointed out by his wife Theodora, as running from the throne or confronting the mob with force (CP 194-5). Aside from this domestic incident, Justinian...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course HIST 201 taught by Professor Vandam during the Winter '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Winter '07
- Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar