Flavius Iustinus de Byzantie

Flavius Iustinus de Byzantie

Male Abt 450 - 527  (~ 77 years)    Has one ancestor but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Flavius Iustinus de Byzantie 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born Abt 450  Bederiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Aug 527 
    Buried Konstantinopel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I250968  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2009 

    Father Justus,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F101608  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lupicina,   d. 523-524 
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2009 
    Family ID F293284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Eastern Roman Emperor (518 -527) who rose through the ranks of the army of the Byzantine Empire and ultimately became its emperor, in spite of the fact he was illiterate and almost 70 years old at the time of accession. His reign is significant for the founding of a dynasty that included his eminent nephew Justinian I and laws that de-emphasized the influence of the old Byzantine nobility.
      Justin was born in a hamlet near Bederiana in the Roman province of Dardania , in the Dacian diocese. As a teenager, he and two companions fled from a barbaric invasion, taking refuge in Constantinople. Justin soon joined the army, and because of his ability, rose through the ranks to become a general and commander of the palace guard under the Emperor Anastasius I decades later. Thanks to his position (he commanded the only troops in the city) and gifts of money, Justin was able to secure election as emperor in 518 .
      A career soldier with little knowledge of statecraft, Justin wisely surrounded himself with trusted advisors. The most prominent of these men, of course, was his nephew Flavius Petrus Sabbatius, whom he adopted as his son and invested with the name Iustinianus (Justinian). It is common now to say that Justinian ruled the empire in his uncle's name during this time, thanks to the accounts of the historian Procopius , but there is much evidence to the contrary. In fact, Justinian was not named as successor until less than a year before Justin's death.
      In 525 , Justin repealed a law that effectively prohibited a member of the senatorial class from marrying a woman from a lower class of society, including the theatre, which was considered scandalous at the time. This edict paved the way for Justinian to marry Theodora , a former mime actress, and eventually resulted in a major change to the old class distinctions at the Imperial court.
      The latter years of his reign were marked by strife between the empire and the Ostrogoths and Persians . In 526, Justin's health began to decline and he formally named Justinian as co-emperor and his successor on April 1 , 527. On August 1 of that year, Justin died and was succeeded by Justinian.
      The town of Anazarbus was re-named Justinopolis in 525 , in his honour.

      Ks. v. Ostrom 518.

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