Justinian Notes

Justinian Notes - Justinian Notes Although the code was standard for centuries it still needed minor revisions Unfortunately before the initial

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Justinian Notes Although the code was standard for centuries, it still needed minor revisions. Unfortunately, before the initial revision could take place, a series of events known as the Nike Revolt almost cost Justinian the throne. The Nika Revolts were essentially a riot against Justinian and his court in response to the comdenation of two members of two social groups. The groups were rivals, but rose together in attempts to spite the government. The riots started out as a mere crowd roar outside the hippodrome, but quickly spread through the city, even to the jail where the cities prisoners were released. Unfortunately during the riots, many of the cities grand buildings went up in a blaze, including the Hagia Sophia, the Hagia Eirene, the Baths of Zeuxippos, and the Chalke. The city was in complete turmoil, and to make things worst, members of the aristocracy began to join the furious rioters; their main goal now was to remove the emperor from his throne. In order to appease the crowd, Justinian removed all of the prominent members of his court, but things did not improve. He then went to the hippodrome to plead to the masses and attempt to compromise, but the his plea was rejected and the rioters proposed a new emperor. With his back completely against the wall, Justinian prepared plans to flee the city, but was persuaded by his wife Theodora to stay and protect their honor. Justinian, showing a change of his usual character, listened to his wife and decided to
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course HIST history 99 taught by Professor Davidproctor during the Spring '08 term at Tufts.

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