A powerful Roman emperor who ascended the royal throne in 527 (to 565). Under Justinian the unique Byzantine blend of Roman law, Christian faith, and Greek (Hellenistic) philosophy came to tasteful excellence. He rebuilt Constantine’s Church of Holy Wisdom, "Hagia Sophia", and consecrated it in 538 (exclaiming that he had outdone Solomon). He considered himself to be completely a Roman emperor and just as fully a Christian emperor. He felt the empire to be the instrument of God’s plan in the world.
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