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Accounts describe him as a stocky and ugly man, but he was deeply conscious of the prerogatives and duties of his position as a person exalted and close to God, and he was self-controlled in his personal life. From an administrative standpoint, he was an adroit diplomat and organizer who was gifted when it came to choosing collaborators and streamlining the administration of his empire. He was also married to Theodora, a woman of extraordinary beauty, courage, and intellect.
Justinian was profoundly religious, which ensured that he spent considerable time attempting to reestablish orthodoxy and guide the church into the future. Justinian even ensured religious uniformity as this was the same as domestic law. There was no real separation between the legal order and canon law.
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By Gerardo on 12-12-15
Excellent as a sleep aid
I am not a history major or a professor, just a regular educated guide who enjoys and has read a couple dozen history books and many more biographies.
This book is accurate, and full of interesting information. The problem is the combination of the way it is written (by topics rather than chronologically) and the narrator. I really tried, but after two hours I had to stop listening to this audiobook. I will return it.