Died: Nov. 14, 565 AD - Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey
Adopted by his uncle, the Byzantine Emperor Justin I, Justinian was named Caesar in 525 and co-emperor in 527. He became the sole emperor on the death of his uncle on August 1, 527. Justinian was unsuccessful in terms of foreign policy, but excelled in matters regarding domestic affairs. He codified the laws of the empire and produced his masterpiece, the Corpus Juris Civilis, or the Code of Justinian. This work consisted of the Codex Constitutionum (529 and 534), the Digest (or Pandects) (533), the Institutes (533) and the Novels (565). He is also responsible for the construction of the Hagia Sophia and a number of other outstanding architectural works.
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