Justinian and his Legacy (500–600)

  title={Justinian and his Legacy (500–600)},
  author={Andrew Louth},
  journal={The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500–1492},
  • A. Louth
  • Published 4 July 2019
  • History
  • The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500–1492
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