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P: Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine empire was able to codify Roman law and therefore reduce legal confusion in the Byzantine empire. During his rule Emperor Justinian also attempted to recover Western territory, without much success.

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Empress Theodora, Byzantine empress, wife of the emperor Justinian I (reigned 527–565), probably the most powerful woman in Byzantine history. Her intelligence and political acumen made her Justinian's most trusted adviser and enabled her to use the power and influence of her office to promote religious and social policies that favoured her interests. Born c. 497 CE. Died June 28, 548

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Emperor 527 to 565. Justinian was the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as a first language. Justinian's reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire". His general Belisarius conquered the Vandal Kingdom in North Africa, extending Roman control to the Atlantic Ocean. Subsequently Belisarius, Narses, and other generals conquered the Ostrogothic Kingdom, restoring Dalmatia, Sicily, Italy, and Rome to the...

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Emperor Justinian I during the Nika Riots, in which Empress Theodora persuades him to fight instead of flee. Art by Andre Durenceau, National Geographic Magazine Vol. 122, no. 6, Dec. 1962.

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Girdle with Coins and Medallions, circa ca. 583, reassembled after discovery; Byzantine. This incomplete, massive gold girdle composed of a series of solidi & medallions may have been worn as an insignia of office. The four medallions depicting the emperor Maurice Tiberius for him in 583. Coins are stamped CONOB, indicating that they were minted in the capital city. There is also a coin of Theodosius II (r. 402–50) & four from the brief joint rule of Justin I and Justinian in 527.

Girdle with Coins and Medallions, circa ca. 583, reassembled after discovery; Byzantine. This incomplete, massive gold girdle composed of a series of solidi & medallions may have been worn as an insignia of office. The four medallions depicting the emperor Maurice Tiberius for him in 583. Coins are stamped CONOB, indicating that they were minted in the capital city. There is also a coin of Theodosius II (r. 402–50) & four from the brief joint rule of Justin I and Justinian in 527.

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Philae Temple (معبد فيلة)

Trajan’s Kiosk at Philae temple, considered by many to be the most appealing structure on Philae, Trajan’s Kiosk is today a roofless structure, is an amazing place to visit http://www.travel2egypt.org/tours/aswan/day-tour-to-unfinished-obelisk-high-dam-temple-of-philae-8422_37/

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