Justinian I

Justinian I (Latin: Flavius ​​Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus, Tauresium, 482-Constantinople, November 14, 565), better known as Justinian I the Great, was emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire from August 1, 527 until his death. death. During his reign he sought to revive the former greatness of the classical Roman Empire, reconquering much of the lost territories of the Western Roman Empire.

Considered one of the most important personalities of late antiquity and the last emperor to use Latin as his mother tongue, Justinian's rule marks a milestone in the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. The impact of his administration extended beyond the borders of his time and his domain. His reign is marked by the ambitious, if partial, recuperatio imperii, or "restoration of the empire".

Due to his policies of restoration of the empire, Justinian has sometimes been called "the last of the Romans" by modern historiography. This ambition was embodied in the recovery of part of the territories of the former Western Roman Empire. His general Belisarius achieved a rapid conquest of the kingdom of the Vandals in North Africa, and later Belisarius himself, along with Narses and other generals, conquered the Ostrogothic Kingdom of Italy, restoring after more than half a century of barbarian control the territories of Belisarius. Dalmatia, Sicily and the Italian peninsula, including the city of Rome, in the territory of the empire.

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