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09/07/2019

Any interesting history topics?

QUESTION
Any interesting history topics?
For a history assignment I need to do an essay on a famous person (who had influence). Only problem is that they have to have made an impact before 600AD and I am sick of doing Solon and Lycurgus and Julius Caesar I want to do something different.

ANSWER
Justinian I, Roman Emperor (East) (c. AD 482 – 14 November 565)

From Wikipedia

Justinian achieved lasting fame through his judicial reforms, particularly through the complete revision of all Roman law,[27] something that had not previously been attempted.

During his reign, Justinian sought to revive the Empire’s greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire.

One of the most important figures of Late Antiquity and the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as a first language,[1] Justinian’s rule constitutes a distinct epoch in the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time and domain. Justinian’s reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or “restoration of the Empire”.[2]

…he had the Hagia Sophia, originally a basilica-style church that had been burnt down during the Nika riots, splendidly rebuilt according to a completely different ground plan, under the architectural supervision of Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles. According to Procopius, Justinian stated at the completion of this edifice, “Solomon I have outdone thee” (in reference to the 1st Jewish temple). This new cathedral, with its magnificent dome filled with mosaics, remained the centre of eastern Christianity for centuries.

OR, Clovis, King of the Franks

Clovis (French pronunciation: ​[klɔ.vis]; c. 466 – 511), or Chlodowech (Latin Chlodovechus), was the first king of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler, changing the form of leadership from a group of royal chieftains to rule by a single king and ensuring that the kingship was passed down to his heirs.[1] He was also the first Christian king to rule Gaul, known today as France.

Clovis is remembered for three main accomplishments:

The unification of the Frankish nation
The conquest of much of Gaul
His conversion to a form of Christianity.