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Justice Fred Blume and the Translation of Justinian’s Code

Justice Frederick H. Blume, attorney and long-time Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court, single-handedly translated Justinian’s Code and Novels in the early twentieth century. His is the only English translation of the Code to have been made from the Latin version accepted as most authoritative.

Yersinia pestis and the Plague of Justinian 541–543 AD: a genomic analysis

Between 541 and 543 AD, the Plague of Justinian, traditionally regarded as the first of three human plague pandemics, spread from either central Asia or Africa across the Mediterranean basin into Europe, killing an estimated 100 million people according to the contemporary scholar Procopius

The Patriarch Alexios Stoudites and the Reinterpretation of Justinianic Legislation against Heretics

Using normative legal sources such as law codes and imperial novels to illuminate Byzantine heresy is a very difficult proposition. One of the great problems in the analysis of Byzantine law in general is that the normative legal sources rarely were adapted to subsequent economic, political, or social conditions.

Two King of Kings? Procopius’ Presentation of Justinian and Kosrow I

This paper investigates Procopius’ description of two of the most influential men of his era: the Persian emperor Kosrow I (ruled 531-579), and the Byzantine emperor Justinian (ruled 527-565).

‘Waiting Only for a Pretext’: A New Chronology for the Sixth-Century Byzantine Invasion of Spain

This article argues that the common modern version of the invasion, in which Byzantine forces arrived in 552, fought on the side of the usurper Athanagild until 555, and then fought against Athanagild for a brief period before concluding a treaty with him, is flawed and, relying on a more precise reading of the sources, proposes a new chronology and narrative, in which Byzantine forces did not arrive until 554.

Theodora, Aetius of Amida, and Procopius: Some Possible Connections

Behind the purported facts of Theodora’s career as a common prostitute and later as empress are the hidden details of what we might call feminine pharmacology: what were the drugs used by prostitutes and call-girls in sixth-century Byzan- tium? Were there ordinary pharmaceuticals employed by such professionals to stay in business?

Plague of Justinian was caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, scientists confirm

The Black Death, which caused the deaths of tens of millions of people in the fourteenth century, was caused bacterium Yersinia pestis. New evidence now shows that the same microscopic bacterium also caused the Plague of Justinian in the sixth century.

John Lydus’ Political Message and the Byzantine Image of the Ideal Ruler

What makes a great emperor? This was one of the questions addressed by John Lydus, a 6th century Byzantine administrator and writer, whose work On Powers examined the rule of previous Roman emperors.

West versus East: the Sixth Century Literary Sources and Justinian’s Wars

Most scholars of the Byzantine empire have given an important role to Justinian’s invasion of Italy during the sixth century – it has been envisioned as a grand reconquest of the West by the East.

The Empress in Late Antiquity and the Roman Origins of the Imperial Feminine

This thesis seeks to explore the construction and conceptualization of the Byzantine imperial feminine, up until the sixth century AD.

Procopius of Caesarea and the Emperor Justinian

My purpose is to examine how Justinian appeared to one contemporary observer, the historian Procopius of Caesarea

Where to Live the Philosophical Life in the Sixth Century? Damascius, Simplicius, and the Return from Persia

When establishing an endpoint for the classical philosophical tradition in the Greco-Roman world, scholars often choose the closing of the Athenian Neoplatonic school by the emperor Justinian in 529.

Byzantine Intelligence Service

The basis on which the successful administration of the Roman Empire at its zenith was built was the cursus publicus, or the state post. This organization also made the service of intelligence more effective.

Justinian’s reconquest of the West : ideology, warfare, religion, and politics in sixth-century Byzantium

This thesis will examine the guiding ideology of Justinian’s emperorship and how that ideology especially manifested itself in terms of Justinian’s diplomacy and his relationship with the former provinces of the Western Roman Empire.

Byzantium Revisited: The Mosaics of Hagia Sophia in the Twentieth Century

Located at the heart of Constantinople by the Senate and the Imperial Palace, Hagia Sophia was one of the great monuments of Christianity for more than nine hundred years.

The Unknown Empress: Theodora As a Victim of Distorted Images

We have had a long tradition of attempts to replace her historical image with an idealized, uncritical glossy picture or to denigrate her utterly.

“Frankish” or “Byzantine” Saint? The origins of the cult of Saint Martin in Dalmatia

“Frankish” or “Byzantine” Saint? The origins of the cult of Saint Martin in Dalmatia Vedris, Trpimir Papers from the First and Second Postgraduate Forums in Byzantine Studies: Sailing to Byzantium, a cura di S. Neocleous, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2009) Abstract This paper grew out of my research in Dalmatian hagiotopography and was originally meant to contribute […]

The Plague of Justinian and Other Scourges: An analysis of the Anomalies in the Development of the Iron Age population in Finland

The Plague of Justinian and Other Scourges: An analysis of the Anomalies in the Development of the Iron Age population in Finland Seger, Tapio Fornvännen, 77 (1982) Abstract In this paper the corpus of excavated and dated Iron Age burial grounds in Finland is quantitatively analyzed with various statislical methods in order to isolate and define […]

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