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Justinian Justinian I had a very significant role in world history Justinian was a great architect Justinian was born a barbarian born of Slavic parents in Illyia Historians dont know much of his early years except that his uncle adopted him His uncle was Justin I the emperor of Constantinople Then in 527 AD Justin made Justinian a co-ruler Four months later when Justin died Justinian became the sole emperor This was the beginning of Justinians rule which lasted from 527 AD through 565 AD The reign of Justinian was significant in many ways First it marked the final end of the Roman Empire It was the launch of the New Byzantine Empire It was also the beginning of Western Europes unique position within the civilization of the old world The religion of Islam spread and the Franks rose to power Justinians rule saw an increase in the areas of architecture the arts and literature It was a time of re-building for the empire Justinian pursued an elaborate dream of restoring the old Roman Empire Justinian led the Byzantine army in many wars to regain this land These wars destroyed much of the great architecture that Justinian himself had created During the western wars Justinian bought peace with the Persians Justinian tried to restore the empire to match the size that it was at the time of the Roman Empire These massive military efforts did all but drain the empires treasury Justinian even had to pay Persia for peace just so that he could have a free hand in the west However even after Justinians immeasurable efforts after his death most of Italy and Southern Spain were once again recaptured leaving only Justinians dream of restoring the empire to the glory it once knew His dream had failed The westerners didnt want to return to some of the old Roman ways such as Roman taxation Roman justice and
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