Justinian (482-565 A.D.), who ruled the Roman Empire from his
capital in Constantinople, was, along with his wife Empress
Theodora, one of the most scandalous monarchs in history. During
his reign, Justinian oversaw the construction of the Hagia Sophia,
one of the wonders of the ancient world, and he strove to maintain
Rome's territories. Yet despite the heights reached under his rule,
the time was one of revolts, intrigues, and brutality to his... more...