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The first five years of Justinian

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The first five years of Justinian's rule were challenging and accomplished. He signed an  'Everlasting Peace' with the Persian Sassanians for which Eastern Rome was obliged to pay an  annual tribute of 11,000 pounds of gold. He also began a great building program, mostly  ecclesiastic in nature. To raise revenue and order the state's finances, John of Cappadocia was  made Praetorian Prefect in charge of taxes. He undertook fiscal restrictions on the army and  spearheaded an anti-corruption campaign. He also introduced new taxes which the rich could not  evade, and reduced senior provincial officials' individual powers.  A further early accomplishment of significance for the next millennium was the  Corpus Juris  Civilis . Based on earlier redactions of Roman law going back to Theodosius II in the 430s, this 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Roman law, great building program, senior provincial officials, particular legal issues, St. Sophia. Initially, Tribonian

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