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Justinian I (483–565)

  1. Jacqueline Laing

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0746

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Laing, J. 2011. Justinian I (483–565). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Byzantine emperor, born in 483 at Tauresium in Illyricum (now Skopje, Macedonia). He is best remembered for his codification of laws, military acumen, ecclesiastical contribution, and encouragement of Christian architecture. In the Orthodox Church he is regarded a saint, whose feast day falls on November 14th.


  • justinian's legacy, his codification of laws;
  • military acumen, ecclesiastical contribution;
  • one-time church of our lady and Hagia Sophia