Justinian Encoourages the Arts
Justinian Encourages the Arts
Under the leadership of the emperor Justinian, the arts flourished in the Byzantine Empire. He encouraged music, art and drama. Justinian also was a masterful builder. He commissioned new roads, bridges, aqueducts, baths, and a variety of other public works. One of his greatest building projects was a church in the heart of Constantinople which he named Hagia Sophia. This massive cathedral still stands today as one of the largest churches in the world.