From late 2016, we have this interesting post on history by another blogger. Perhaps, the Western world needs another Justinian.
I recall reading Procopius’ Secret History many years back. In it, he took a lot of shots at Justinian, and his wife, Theodora. He seems to have been bitter at not achieving his desired career advancement under Justinian.
On this day in the year 565CE, one thousand four hundred and fifty one years ago, a truly extraordinary man died – a man who changed our world irrevocably. What’s more, the changes he wrought impact all of us, every single day in ways grand and small and yet most of us have never heard of him. It is safe to say that our world would be quite different had he not lived.
At birth his name was Pietrus Sabbatius, citizen of the Roman Empire born to a family of little merit in the grasslands of Thrace, west of the capitol of the Roman Empire at Constantinople. A note on that city – at the time of his birth not only was it the seat of government (the Emperor Constantine had moved the capital to Constantinople, formerly known as Byzantium, known today as Istanbul in 335CE) – but it was…
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