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  • What do you think is the more effective strategy to win converts: fear of punishment or the hope of reward and prosperity? Should a ruler employ positive or negative reinforcement (the carrot or the stick) to keep citizens safe and happy?
  • Was Justinian justified in eliminating his rival Vitalian? Can an administration founded on murder prosper? Was Justinian right to consider Vitalian a danger to the state or did Justinian’s jealousy push him to eliminate his rival?
  • And Theodora’s faith came rapidly and with life-changing effect. Do you think Theodora’s conversion is sincere or is she playing a role as a penitent?

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