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The Emperor Justinian

The Emperor Justinian

At the height of the Byzantine Empire, a talented and hard working emperor by the name of Justinian came to the throne at the age of 44. Prior to his rise to the throne, Justinian spent countless hours studying everything from music, to architecture, to politics. These studies paid off, and would help Justinian become one of the greatest emperors to sit on the Byzantine throne.

Emperor Justinian

Justinian was a wise ruler who wanted his people to be successful and comfortable. He instituted a number of reforms to help make the lives of his subjects better. One of these important reforms had to do with the rights of women.

Justinian granted women the right to buy land and own property. This insured that widows would have the ability to care for their families after the death of their husbands.