AP Lesson – Justinian and the Byzantine Empire

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January 31, 2017 by mrcaseyhistory

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Quaestio: Was Justinian a good emperor?

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Classwork:
Islamic Golden Age NA and SRQ
The Legacy of Justinian

Homework Day 1:
Scholarship and Culture in the Muslim World

Homework Day 2:
Vikings Terror of Europe

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