SAME AS G91.1322.
This course explores the seminal reign of the Roman emperor Justinian (525-567). Born to peasant stock in a rural backwater, the cunning Justinian transformed the Mediterranean basin over the course of his life. He expanded the Eastern Roman Empire to its largest extent, taking back territory lost to the Vandals, Ostrogoths, and the Visigoths, and as a reformer he reorganized the Roman state, attempted to root out corruption, reformed the currency system, and codified the haphazard Roman legal system. Often framed as a religious zealot, his aggressively Christian regime persecuted non-orthodox Christians, Jews, pagans and homosexuals. Ever the patron he supported grand building programs, historians, and poets, all the while earning the ire of many for his harsh policies. A main course goal will be to introduce students to methodologies for analyzing the various types of evidence that offer insights to Justinian’s reign.