- Oct 2018
Justinian's war in Italy was certainly a destructive affair, and that war and the war with the Persians strained the empire's economy. But I respect him as one of Rome's more pro-active rulers (like Augustus, Diocletian and Constantine), as opposed to the norm whereby Roman emperors simply reacted to issues. That pro-activity is evidenced in his judicial, administrative, economic, religious and military policies, although, yes, his military policies, while ideologically satisfying, were problematic.Justinian was kind of terrible for Europe. Europe was improving fairly quickly in the early 5th century, but following Justinian's invasion, it would be centuries until growth would reoccur in certain areas. Particularly in Italy. Also, the destruction of the Ostrogothic Kingdom may have stunted the growth of the rest of Europe.
At the same time, the destruction of the globalist economy may have been better in the long run. That's aside my point! My point is Justinian = Badman.