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Emperor Justinian I

Emperor Justinian I

Emperor (c.482-565)

Described as “the emperor who never sleeps,” Justinian reclaimed most of theRoman territory from his seat in Constantinople and enacted sweeping judicialreforms that increased accountability andreduced corruption. Codified in themassive “Corpus Juris Civilis,” his groundbreaking legislation covered everythingfrom case law to imperial decrees, and protected women and children fromabuse. A prolific builder, he commissioned lasting monuments suchas San Vitalein Ravenna, with its glorious mosaics, and the Hagia Sophia, with its magnificentdome. (Provided by Fra Noi/Written by Paul Basile) For more geniuses, go to

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