ch._7 - The Ascendancy of Byzantium Constantinople reached...

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The Ascendancy of Byzantium Constantinople reached its peak in power in the early sixth century(527) with the throne of Justinian. Justinian had a wife named Theodora whom was a former dancer and prostitute. She was tough-minded, strong willed, and considered Justinian’s equal. During their reign, they wanted to introduce the silk industry to the West. Although silk in China was highly guarded, they convinced Persian monks to smuggle silkworm eggs out of the country in hollow tubes. Soon enough, the rest of the Western world was competing with China. Justinian also revised the Roman law because of the disorganized and contradictory decrees, opinions, and legal codes that had grown over the years.
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The Ascendency of Byzantium cont. The legal scholar Tribonian was hired and created a Code that summed up all imperial decrees from the second century to present. Next was the Pandects (meaning “digest”) which organized all legal opinion and scholarship. Lastly was the Institutes, which was an
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ch._7 - The Ascendancy of Byzantium Constantinople reached...

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