Justinian I Biography

Justinian I, sometimes known as Justinian the Great, was a Byzantine emperor from 527 to 565. During his reign, Justinian sought to revive the empire's greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire.

One of the most important figures of late antiquity and possibly the last Roman emperor to speak Latin as a first language, Justinian's rule constitutes a distinct epoch in the history of the Later Roman empire. The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time and domain. Justinian's reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire".

Because of his restoration activities, Justinian has sometimes been called the "last Roman" in modern historiography. This ambition was expressed by the partial recovery of the territories of the defunct western Roman empire. His general, Belisarius, swiftly conquered the Vandal kingdom in North Africa, re-extending Roman control to the Atlantic Ocean. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Justinian I
Full Name:
Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus Augustus
Nationality:
Byzantine Empire
Profession:
Eastern Roman Emperor
Religion:
Eastern Christianity, Chalcedonian Christianity
Date of Death:
November 14, 565
Age at Death:
unknown
Justinian I Timeline
  • 527-04-01
    Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne
  • 527-08-01
    Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire
  • 529-04-07
    First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
  • 558-05-07
    In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt.
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