Justinian's building project
Another defining moment of the Eastern empire was the emperor’s building project. After the destruction caused by the Nika revolt, which was suppressed after Justinian’s wife Theodora urged him to remain, he rebuilt Constantinople, giving it a lasting appearce for a thousand years. He constructed a defensive wall, an immense palace complex, the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sofia, and a huge amphitheater, as well as public baths, roads, hospitals, etc. Although these accomplishments were amazing, Justinian’s death led to several problems, such as too much distant territory, an empty treasury, a smaller population, and new threats, that eventually led to external attacks from the Persians and Slavs.