a. Analyze the importance of Justinian, include the influence of the Empress Theodora, Justinian’s Code, and Justinian’s efforts to recapture the west.
23) JOURNAL ENTRY, “EMPEROR JUSTINIAN” – Read pages 301 – 306
Essential Question – WHO WAS EMPEROR JUSTINIAN AND WHAT WAS HIS LEGACY?
· On the RIGHT SIDE - Create a “Bubble Map” Including the following: Who he was, what his accomplishments were (Include: his Code- include all the parts , building projects, how he united the Empire, and the preservation of Greco-Roman culture).
· On the LEFT SIDE – write ½ page about Empress Theodora using the information on pg. 303 and this link – and include her actions during the Nika Riot. What does this say about her role and influence over Justinian?
Flipchart and Talking Points
Justinian, emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, is alternately praised for his reconquest of the western empire and blamed for its subsequent loss. To this day, historians argue over how much responsibility he should be assigned for the empire’s dismemberment.
The nearly forty-year reign of Emperor Justinian I heralded extensive territorial expansion and military success, along with a new synthesis of Greco-Roman and Christian culture seen at all levels of Byzantine culture.
Cool page on Emperor Justinian!