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Who was Justinian?

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Justinian was an emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 527 to 565. Justinian I, also known as Justinian the Great, is known for creating a set of laws called the Justinian Code.

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Justinian I was born a barbarian in Tauresium. His uncle, Justin I, adopted him and moved him to Constantinople where he was educated. Justin I became emperor when Anastasius died, and he made Justinian a chief adviser. Later, Justin appointed Justinian as co-emperor, and when Justin died, Justinian became emperor.

His reign was marked by war because he wanted to restore Rome to its former glory. Under his rule, much of the land lost by the collapse of the Western Roman Empire was regained. As a Christian, he worked to suppress pagan religion, writing laws to protect the church. He also introduced laws that protected women and slaves. Justinian married Theodora, who was socially beneath him, and she became one of his closest advisers. Theodora became empress after Justinian’s death.

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