The Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire

The Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire

by James Allen Evans


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When Justinian first assumed the title of Roman Emperor in 527 CE, his inherited empire—now based in Constantinople— had lost almost all of its connection with the Eternal City itself, and was threatened from within by profound theological splits, and from without by the various barbarian kingdoms that surrounded it. By taking military action against the barbarian Ostrogoths, Visigoths, and Vandals, and signing an eternal peace with Persia, Justinian managed to reclaim much of the lands formerly held by Rome; while through his incessant legislation and monetary contributions to an extensive building program, he sought to reestablish the old Roman cultural institutions of order and architectural beauty in his newly won kingdom. This inveterate reformer and innovative leader, whose name remains on the beams of the Hagia Sophia, and whose influence extends into the legal practices of the present time, remains as compelling a man today as he was to his original historians almost 1500 years ago.

Designed as an accessible introduction to Justinian's reign and his time, The Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire offers readers and researchers an appealing mix of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated primary documents. An overview of the world of Late Antiquity is presented in the introduction, and is followed by chapters on the shape of the Empire, the Nike revolt of 532, the legal achievements of Justinian, the Empress Theodora, and Justinian's building program. The narrative chapters conclude with a section discussing the imperial achievements as a whole. An annotated bibliography and index are also included in this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313325823
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/2005
Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Ancient World
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

James Allan Evans is Professor Emeritus of Classical Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has published several works on ancient Greece and Rome, including The Age of Justinian: The Circumstances of Imperial Power.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword by Bella Vivante

Author's Preface

Timeline—Chronology of Events

The World of Late Antiquity: An Historical Overview

Topical Essays

Biographical Sketches

Primary Documents



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