Theodora. Part 4. After the riots Justinian became an even stronger ruler than he had before. He also worked to make Constantinople beautiful again. Justinian's wife wasTheodora. Theodora was an important empress of the Byzantine Empire .
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He also worked to make Constantinople beautiful again.
They married in 522.
The disease was probably caused by rats. It killed thousands of people and returned every 8 to 12 years until about 700. This weakened the empire.
She decided who would be given government and church jobs.
The empire was forced to confront many enemies over the centuries. German tribes, the Sassanid Persians, and Muslim armies all tried to gain control of Byzantine land. Constantinople remained safe during this time despite many attacks. Eventually, though, the empire shrank. By 1350, the empire included only the capital city and lands in the Balkans—part of southeastern Europe.