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Unformatted text preview: 2/25/2009 1 “Brothers of the Roman People”: “Brothers of the Roman People”: Byzantine and Germanic Successors to Byzantine and Germanic Successors to Rome Rome While the western empire collapsed, the eastern empire thrived under the emperor Justinian and with a new capitol at Constantinople Justinian’s wife Theodora—one-time actress, circus performer, and reputed prostitute— helped the emperor solidify and extend his power over the East Belisarius was one of the greatest military commanders of his time and the spearhead of Byzantium's attempts to rebuild the Roman Empire. (His very successes, however, made him many enemies many enemies. Incriminated in a plot against Justinian, his eyes were put out on the Emperor's orders in 561. According to Procopius, Belisarius, stripped of all his possessions, was reduced to begging in the streets of Byzantium) 2/25/2009 2 Justinian’s Corpus Iuris Civilis preserved, organized, and expanded the body of Roman law and formed the foundation of one of the West’s 2 legal systems Among Justinian’s retinue was Procopius, whose Secret History and Wars recorded (with varying degrees of objectivity) the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course EUH 2001 taught by Professor Staff during the Summer '10 term at Santa Fe College.
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