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Discussion Week 3

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1. "The Res Gestae were a unique public relations move for the first emperor of the Roman Empire, whose political career was in many ways experimental. If their frequent use as 'history' by later historians (both antique and modern) who characterized Augustus' rule according to categories he himself constructed in the Res Gestae is any indication, they were a rather successful piece of propaganda". Comment.

2. Summarize the main features of the reign of Justinian and Theodora.
[Your discussion should include the attempt to reunite the empire, the compilation of the Justinian Code and the building of the Hagia Sophia.]

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