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Later authors defended Theodora, claiming that she had undergone a religious awakening, and that she found ordinary work as a wool spinner to support herself honestly.No one knows exactly how Justinian met Theodora, but he appears to have fallen hard for her.She was not only beautiful, she was shrewd and able to appeal to Justinian on an intellectual level.She was also known for her passionate interest in religion; she had become a Monophysite, and Justinian may have taken a measure of tolerance from her plight.
In time, the childless Justin officially adopted Petrus, who took the name "Justinianus" in his honor. If by Procopius is to be believed, Theodora was a courtesan as well as an actress, and her public performances bordered on the pornographic.Throughout his life, Justinian would rely on Theodora for support, inspiration, and guidance.However, thanks to his Latin background, he evidently always spoke Greek with a notable accent.At this time, Justin was a highly-ranked military commander, and Petrus was his favorite nephew.
Justinian, or Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus, was arguably the most important ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Considered by some scholars to be the last great Roman emperor and the first great Byzantine emperor, Justinian fought to reclaim Roman territory and left a lasting impact on architecture and law.