I just finished chapter 5 of Will Durant's The Age of Faith. Justinian was, in Durant's opinion, the last of the Roman emporers. While his actions were often less than exemplary, his Code was a significant attempt to bring clarity to justice in the early part of the middle ages.
It was interesting to read how much Theodora, Justinian's wife, had an effect on the affairs of his empire. Hers was an interesting history that I may have to research more in the future.
Now I'm on to Chapter 6: Byzantine Civilization