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(483—565) Byzantine emperor 527–65

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Byzantine emperor 527–65, husband of Theodora. Through his general Belisarius he regained North Africa from the Vandals, Italy from the Ostrogoths, and Spain from the Visigoths. He codified Roman law in a compendium (the Digest, 529) and carried out a building programme throughout the Empire, of which St Sophia at Constantinople (532) was a part.

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