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6th century Byzantine Roman mosaics of deer from the peristyle of the Great Palace from the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Istanbul, Turkey. | © Paul Randall Williams 2012

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P: Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine empire was able to codify Roman law and therefore reduce legal confusion in the Byzantine empire. During his rule Emperor Justinian also attempted to recover Western territory, without much success.

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Emperor 527 to 565. Justinian was the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as a first language. Justinian's reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire". His general Belisarius conquered the Vandal Kingdom in North Africa, extending Roman control to the Atlantic Ocean. Subsequently Belisarius, Narses, and other generals conquered the Ostrogothic Kingdom, restoring Dalmatia, Sicily, Italy, and Rome to the...

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500-550 AD. Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis [Byzantine] Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Perfect Purple Dye Comes from Milking Snails, of Course

Tyrian Purple, the most expensive cloth dye ever created. It took the pigment of 12 thousand shellfish, retrieved from the seas to make 1 gram of dye. Cloth dyed Tyrian purple was worth its weight in gold.

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