Story Time 2015

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  • Hello. I am Theodora, Emperor Justinian’s wife and co-ruler. I welcome you to the Byzantine Empire and invite you to explore all that we have to offer: fabulous international trade, awe-inspiring architecture, art work made from extravagant materials, Christian religion, and a blended culture.
  • My husband Justinian just successfully completed the beautification of our grand capital Constantinople which is located…
  • Constantinople is a vibrant city-center of trade and its high walls and golden domes can be seen from miles away. Emperor Justinian’s most important work is the church of Hagia Sophia. My husband calls it his brightest jewel!
  • My husband works hard for the empire. One of his greatest accomplishments is his code of laws. It is a massive collection of Roman laws. Our empire’s greatest strength comes from the fact that Byzantine has a strong central government, led by our autocratic leader, Justinian.
  • The Byzantines also take great pride in our art. Just recently the emperor and I commissioned an artist to create an icon or holy image for us to hang in our palace. Many of our Byzantine Christian congregation pray to images of Christ, Mary, or the saints. My favorite is this one of Jesus.
  • I would be remiss to not mention the people of Byzantine. The peasants are the backbone of our empire - diligently working our land, paying taxes, and serving as solders in our military. Together, we have formed a brilliant civilization!
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