The Byzantine Empire
The Byzantine Empire was made from the eastern half of the old Roman Empire and lasted for over 1000 years. During the last few years of the Roman Empire, the empire split in half (one west, one east). The west's capital is still Rome and the east is Constantinople. They have the same religion but celebrate differently (Romans - Roman Catholic, Byzantine - Greek Orthodox, which is a influence on Russia today). They have also made a few contributions to our socitey. One of them was Justinian's Code which are the laws of the Byzantine Empire which was based on the Romans "Twelve Tables". Their art and architecture which was supported by the Christian Chruch. The Byzantine Empire saved the knowlegde, art, and the ideas of the old Roman and Greek cultures.