If I was Justinian during the Nika Rebellion then I would do the same thing that he did. He made the right choice, by getting rid of them. The benefits would be to bring them all into a large area and attack.
I agree because what justinian did improved the conditions of the Byzantine empire. It even sprouted a middle class.
I agree! Making a middle class raised the citizen's happy rank. If you had to place each individual in a different class then most of them would be in middle class! Great idea!
I agree yet disagree with you. I agree because yes it was a smart move, but I disagree because if he would have done what he said he was going to do then he might have more people that trust him. I could be wrong but that's my opinion.
If I were Justinian I would have done the same thing that he did. I agree with his actions because it was a new opertunity (couldn't figure out how to spell that)to make constantinople even greater and richer than before. also, as i said before it actually created a middle class.
I agree with you,I would as well done what he did. I think more classes the better.(except poorer ones) It all is going to make the people think I am in the low class wow. Then if your reality was not being higher up there you could at least have a middle class.
I see your point of view on how it would make a new opportunity for him for a fresh start with this and regroup his thoughts and strategies. I agree with you on that.
If I were Justinian, I would not want to kill them because I just don't think it's right but in this situation I guess it would be ok to kill them because basically they are going against all he is saying. So if I were him I wouldn't want to kill them but then they can't kill me. Also I could say that's a little selfish, but what if they end up going against God after they could kill Justinian. So I still think it's not totally right but I still think Justinian made the right choice to kill them.
I also agree with you, Isabelle, if it makes a fresh start and makes things better than you should do it, not let things get worse. The empire could've grew even after lots of people died and it would be a fresh start. Maybe that's how Justinian thought when he killed everyone, he could've thought that it was a fresh start.
I DISAGREE!! Violence is not always the situation, guys. Nothing was stopping Justinian from killing all of those people, but would you really want that? Killing off half of the empire is bringing in less money to the government. Yes, the empire was still making a good amount of money, but you could still be making more money and flourish even more. This is just my opinion, but you don't always have to kill others to get what YOU want...
I would do exactly do what he did. I think tricking is a great skill method.Even though it was very violent and killed lots it was for the better. There is now a middle class. That was good because people who never had the chance of people being totally rich can consider themselves in the middle class. The more classes the better.
I disagree with your decision, but I really like how you explained how the benefits of killing citizens had actually improved the city and empire.
I think I disagree, killing people was not the most effective plan. If Justinian had talked it out and tried to help them with the things they thought were unfair and in need of changes the empire may have been better even. With those people alive killed in the Nika Rebellion there may have been more soldiers, farmers, and Justinian's people may have liked him better too.
I would possibly try to sort things out and make a few agreements because I need citizens to be in the army and give more money rather than kill them all and loose money causing more tax raise and rebellion so I would sort things out.
I agree Isabelle because how will my city get taxes I would lose a lot of money.I also agree with you by I do need citizen to be an army. I agree with your thinking Isabelle
I agree with you, Isabelle. I would also try to make agreements to stop the fighting.
I agree with you, Isabelle, I think it would be right to sort things out with the rebellions so you can still have a humongous army. Also though you can talk things out, I would be a little cautious of them ending up disagreeing with our new agreement.
I would have done the same as Justinian did by getting rid of them.If you want to have a peaceful city then you have to show them that you are the boss.If they revolted on you do you really think you will get your way. Probably not so I would kill them.
I agree with you Daniel! I would kill someone who hates me, than to have them kill me.
This is a really great question! It lets you have the chance to share your own opinion! Great job Josie!!
I would actually try and come to an agreement with them like Justinian said he was going to do but didn't. I would do this because what if they were like half of your empire, you wouldn't want to kill half of there empire. That would be stupid. They are most likely fighting for you not against you (except for this time) so why not come to an agreement and have the other half of your empire back in your hands. It would be good to know that they are back in your hands and that you didn't kill them all and feel guilty about it. I think that the some of those are also benefits for coming to an agreement. Another benefit is that more people can protect you.
I agree Kiley. you should be more peaceful. you also become known as a kind person, wich makes your empire's trade increase.
I totally agree with you Kiley! I think it would be very mature to talk it out with your rebellions. It makes it safer and can benefit your army/ keep lots of people on your side. It can also keep the need of mercenaries out of thought.
I see where you are coming from Kiley, but if you have a missive riot of people ready to over throw then they don't want to sit down and have a cup of tea with you and discuss what they don't like. They were out of control. Justinian did what seemed fit for the situation. Plus, now the other people in the empire know not to do the same thing or else they know the consequences.
if i were Justinian, I would have imprisoned the rebels. You could save alot of people if you stopped the rebelion in a more peaceful way. It would also make you more likeable for sparing the family members of manny.
I disagree with you Greg. I disagree with you because it would take a long time to do all of that. Also it could've gotten out of hands by then.
I would try to make an agreement with them.Instead,I wouldnt just kill anyone but I would actually do what I said. This would benefit the whole empire by having everyone just live in peace. After this, no one would want to fight anyone. This would also benefit the empire by the agreement. The agreement would most likely be very good and everyone would not fight others.
I would personally trap all of the rebellions in the Hippodrome. Because the rebellions started their riot in the Hippodrome, trapping them would be much easier and faster than killing them. It would take longer for them to die, but it's better than the smell of dead bodies right away :)
Think about it... Although it was barbaric that Justinian killed everyone immediately, if he trapped them, there would be a good chance of them escaping. It might not happen, but in that situation you have to think what might happen instead of what is happening. Yes, I know they were heavily guarded, but one of the rebels have the chance of outsmarting the guards. Who knows? They might already know how the guards protect the area and what they do to do so, and that would definitely increase their probability of success(escape). Otherwise, great response!
I would do exactly what Justantine did. I would kill everyone who wanted to kill me. If I don't kill the people who hate me, I mite be killed instead.
If I were Justinian, I would've done exactly what he did: kill off the cause of the problem. Although this does seem barbaric, simply compromising(like Justinian said he was going to do) would put the rebels in a situation, where they could continue wreaking havoc on the empire. Not only that, it greatly benefitted the Byzantines, and after the rebellion, Constantinople flourished by architectural means, as well as wealth and protection.
If I were Justinian, I probably would have just killed everyone in the rebellion just like he did. If the problem can't be verbally solved then there is nothing easier then just killing them. This will in turn, scare others into following the rules. I mean if someone else does something and dies then it wouldn't be a good idea to do the same thing, like live and learn.
I some-what agree with you, Sara, if someone has their mind set to something like that, you can't change their minds and how they feel about someone so the only thing you can do as a ruler is to kill them, unless he wanted it to continue. Maybe just killing some leads others to believe the truth, although people shouldn't be scared to believe, back then people got forced and scared into what they believed. Killing the issue made things better for the most part and I would've done what Justinian did.
Josie, this is a really difficult question! Most of you are saying that you would have just killed them off, but if you were Justinian would you truly kill that many people. I see where you are coming from, it would be very easy to just kill them, but I don't think I could go through with that. I would try to compromise with the Nika Rebellion. Maybe Justinian just wasn't listening to them and that's all they really needed. I would find out what they wanted and try my best to help them. It may take longer, but it would be the right thing to do in my opinion.
The protesters basically went and burned half the city. Don't you think this would also kill people in the process?
Sitting the protesters down and trying to "compromise" or "lecture" them about what they've done wouldn't help, would it?
Would you lower/get rid of the taxes because they stormed the empire?
If you put yourself in his shoes, you probably wouldn't be as merciful.
Justinian's goal was to restore Rome. He got judged for marrying Theodora because of her past, but still carried on to complete his goal. How would it feel, for your life's work to be burned down and ruined in just a couple of weeks, just because of some people didn't want to pay taxes because "they weren't used to it"?
The protesters were also about to storm Justinian's palace to kill him.
I can see where you're coming from, but I think having mercy isn't always the best bet for certain situations. ~Han
If I was Justinian I would have done exactly what he did. I would do this because it would end the rebellion before it expands. It's a good idea to kill them because what if he waited and it got way out of hands. If it got out of hands a lot more people would have gotten hurt or killed.
If I were Justinian, these would be the things I would do:
Naturally, I'd be enraged that these citizens were destroying years worth of architectural work...
Trapping them all in the Hippodrome and killing them would be a perfect idea-- except for the fact that you'd have to dispose of all the bodies. Getting rid of the rotting corpses would be one thing; but what about the stench?
Would it be possible to burn them all alive? Gasoline wasn't an available resource back then, and one of the laws in Rome was to not burn corpses in the city. I assume that the laws of Rome influenced and shaped the laws of Constantinople.
Also, what about the angry relatives who would most likely seek revenge?
There is no perfect solution.
Everything has pros and cons; some better than others.
For instance, you could kill all the protesters; including their families, of course. This would greatly decrease the population and production of trade goods. BUT this would get rid of the roots of the problem and decrease inflation rates; everything would cost a bit more, and more money for the government. Hooray for money...
Back then, it was much more violent. I'd take the genocide route and kill those people. Besides, what else could you do with those rabid protesters? Sit them in the Hippodrome and lecture them after they almost destroyed basically half of the empire? Expect them to simply just fall back under your control?
You wouldn't just lower the taxes for them. Be assertive. They burned the empire that you worked hard on. They shouldn't get their way.
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