Emperor Justinian I is sometimes referred to as the “Last Roman.” His reign, from 527 to 565, represented a high point for the later Roman Empire in which large portions of Spain, Italy, and Northern Africa were reincorporated into the state centered at Constantinople. Yet, it was also a time marked by great cruelty, famine, and, if Procopius is to be believed, lewdness. Explore the life and times of Emperor Justinian, Empress Theodora, and the empire they ruled.

Matthew J. Barbour holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from UNM and works for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Currently, Barbour is the deputy director of New Mexico Historic Sites. Throughout his career, he has published over 200 nonfiction articles and monographs.