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Justinian I
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Byzantine emperor from 527 to 565 (482, Tauresium near Skopje – Nov 11, 565, Constantinople). The political goal of his life, to restore the Roman Empire to its original scope and strength, led him to wars against the Vandals in Africa, the Ostrogoths (Goths) in Italy, and the Visigoths in Spain. In the service of restoration, he was able to codify Roman law and to preserve it for posterity (Codex Justinianus). Justinian devoted his full attention to religious matters, working to regulate church organization and discipline, and engaged in a vigorous building program (Hagi…

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Chrysos, Evangelos, “Justinian I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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