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Was Justinian a Truly Great Ruler Famous leaders in history often exhibit a combination of good and bad qualities The Byzantine emperor Justinian was such a leader showing both great talents and great personality flaws When trying to determine whether Justinian was a great ruler The three things that tell the most about him are his conquests political accomplishments and personal life This first examination will be along the lines of his militant conquests and his military One thing Justinian can be credited for is how he built up a truly great military Learning from the Romans mistakes he added such components as a larger calvary and more powerful navy Justinian was also known for his military conquests in which he retook much of the Mediterranean coast Justinian felt this crucial because most of the then rulers of the Mediterranean kingdoms were run by Germans who were Arian practicing a mutated form of Christianity The Roman Church considered this form of religion sacrilegious Thus in a way sort of obligating Justinian being loyal to Rome to do so Justinian also reacted to the extreme mistreatment of orthodox Christians by the Vandals in Africa In my opinion this sort of revenge is considered just and a good mark for Justinian The second trial will rely on his political accomplishments Justinian is most widely know for what was called The Justinian Code This was a set of laws meant to replace Roman laws due to their repeating self-canceling nature Another good political accomplishment was the setting up of an awesome bureaucracy which was almost as large as the American one we are familiar with today Another final achievement in politics was his setting up of a firm trade system which kept the empire on its feet
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