Ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium) from 527 to 565, Justinian was dynamic and ambitious, and shared many policy-making decisions with his extraordinary wife, Theodora. Together they sought to reclaim much of the western empire, reform Roman law, and rebuild Constantinople. Most of the hard-won territorial conquests were lost soon after Justinian's death, but some of the architecture (particularly the Hagia Sophia) still stands, and Justinian's law codes would be extremely influential to the legal system of medieval Europe.
Crowned co-emperor with Justin: April 4, 527
Succeeded Justin as sole emperor: Aug. 1, 527
Died: Nov. 14, 565
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