Justinian I
Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth: 483
Date of Death: 565
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Emperor, Soldier
Spouse: Theodora
Relatives: Justin II (nephew)
House: Justinian Dynasty
Political Office(s): Byzantine Emperor
Consul of Rome
Turtledove Appearances:
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus (AD 482 or 483 – 14 November 565), known in English as Justinian I or Justinian the Great, was the second member of the Justinian Dynasty to rule the Eastern Roman Empire. He ascended to the throne in 527 and ruled until his death. During his reign, Justinian undertook efforts to revitalize the Empire, including reconquering territory, a focus on Byzantine culture, and the rewriting of Roman Civil Law. While his plans yielded mixed results, Justinian nonetheless left an impressive mark on the Empire and history.

Justinian I in Justinian Edit

Justinian I was the namesake of the latter Justinian II. When the second Justinian was four, his father Constantine IV informed him of the origin of his name. Justinian II was initially jealous, and then confident that he would eclipse his namesake in posterity. When his father heard this, he laughed harder and louder than his son had ever heard.[1]

In later life, Justinian II would look to the reign of his namesake to guide him.

See alsoEdit


  1. Justinian, pgs. 5-6.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Justin I
Byzantine Emperor
with Justin I (527)
Succeeded by
Justin II
Political offices
Preceded by
Flavius Rusticius,
Flavius Vitalianus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Flavius Valerius
Succeeded by
Flavius Symmachus,
Flavius Boethius
Preceded by
Vettius Agorius Basilius Mavortius
Consul of the Roman Empire
Succeeded by
Flavius Decius,
II post consulatum Mavortii (West)
Title last held by
Rufius Gennadius Probus,
Consul of the Roman Empire
With: Decius Paulinus
Succeeded by