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  • After many military campaigns, Justinian's army won part of Spain and most of Italy. The army also won two wars with Persia which further extended the empire. All of these wins though, resulted in the empires lengthy military campaigns to eventually weaken the empire's economy.
  • Like many great rulers, Justinian sought to build great structures. He built monuments and grand buildings throughout the empire. Justinian even rebuilt Tauresium, the village that he was born in. He then renamed it Justiniana Prima after himself. Two of the most famous buildings created under Justinian were the El- Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and the Hagia Sophia.
  • Justinian made a panel of legal laws that created a new and improved code of laws. This set of laws became known as the Justinian Code. The code covered nearly every aspect of Byzantine life, from slavery and property to crime and women’s rights. Even after Justinian's death in 565, his code served the empire for another 900 years.
  • Justinian made a panel of legal laws that created an new and improved code of laws. This set of laws became known as the Justinian Code. The code covered nearly every aspect of Byzantine life, from slavery and property to crime and women’s rights. Even after Justinian's death in 565, his code served the empire for another 900 years.
  • In 523, Justinian married Theodora, a former actress, and strong woman. A revolt broke out known as the Nika Rebellion in 532. Justinian’s advisors urged him to escape while he still could but Theodora demanded that he put down the rebellion. Her pleadings made Justinian put down the revolt and he killed many protestors.
  • A deadly plague struck the empire in 542. Fewer people meant a smaller tax base and fewer people in the army which hurt them in wars and battles. This was followed in 557 by an earthquake that hit Constantinople. Rome suffered because of these tragic events.
  • Justinian and Theodora had only one child, a son, who died as an infant. When Justinian died in 565, his nephew, Justin II, became the new emperor.
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