Justin I was born #Onthisday 2nd February 450 A.D. and died on 1st August 527 A.D. he was the Eastern Roman Emperor from 518-527 A.D. Justin I rose through the ranks of the Army, eventually becoming Emperor, even though he was illiterate and at the time he was almost 70 years old for his Ascension.

His reign was important because he started the Justinian Dynasty which  included his nephew Justinian I which who had enacted new Laws and also, dismantled the influence of the old Roman nobility.