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Social Studies PA: Major Accomplishments of Justinian I

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Transcript of Social Studies PA: Major Accomplishments of Justinian I

Justinian's Contributions
to the
Byzantine Empire
And beyond...

Justinian and the Nika Revolt
After his city lay in ruins, Justinian decided to rebuild Constantinople to an even grander scale
Justinian's Architectural Accomplishments
The Justinian Code
Who is Justinian and why is he important?
Instead of fighting each other, the groups united in dethroning Justinian. Fighting and fire spread across Constantinople, quickly engulfing the city in flames of fire and anger.
Justinian ruled from 527 CE to 565 CE

He is known for 3 great accomplishments:

Suppression of the Nika Revolt

Building fantastic works of architecture, the most famous of which is the Hagia Sophia

Compiling and creating laws to form
Justinian's Code
In Constantinople and several other cities, there were chariot races at a stadium that was called a Hippodrome. Many people belonged to two groups: the
Blues
and the
Greens
, the two main opponents in the races. Blues and Greens would constantly have small fights at the races. However...One day in 532, while Justinian I and Theodora were attending a chariot race at the Hippodrome, both the Blues and the Greens were angry about the arrests of some of their members.
Little did Justinian know what the groups were planning...
Would Justinian stay??
Eventually, Theodora convinced Justinian to stay and fight. With the help of Belisarius, a experienced general, they crushed the revolt, killing 30,000 people. However, this was necessary to create peace. This allowed Justinian to beautify his capital city further by----------->
Would Justinian flee the city to escape the danger? Would he let the citizens destroy the beautiful city the preceding emperors worked so hard to build?
Or...
While the rioting went on, Justinian and Theodora hid in their palace. Their advisers told them that they should flee the city to escape the fighting.
He used the money he collected from the trading routes that passed through the city to build
Bridges
Public baths
Roads
Hospitals
Churches- Including the Hagia Sophia, an amazing architectural wonder
Parks
The Justinian Code is the collection of Roman laws that was formed by emperor Justinian.

It contains four main parts:

I. The Code- contained useful Roman Laws

II. The Digest- summarized Roman legal opinions

III. The Institutes- a guide for law students

IV. The Novellae(Novel)- contained laws passed after 534, allowed for new laws to be passed
The Justinian Code provided the structure for many European legal systems. The Code preserved the Roman idea that
people should be ruled by laws rather than by the whims of their leaders.
Justinian and his Accomplishments
Justinian was one of the greatest emperors of the Byzantine Empire and he helped bring the empire to its greatest height.
END OF THE ROAD
Or is it?
Justinian's contributions helped the Byzantine empire grow to have a rich, long lifespan. The Byzantine Empire's culture has still strongly influenced the modern world. The Byzantine empire would become the foundation that would be built upon to form the next great empires.
An Eastern Orthodox church in modern-day Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Works Cited
Justinian I. Photograph. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 26 Oct. 2012.
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church: church in Addia Ababa. Photograph. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.
Hagia Sophia: rising along the shore of the Bosporus. Photograph. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 31 Oct. 2012.
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