The Byzantine Empire

476 AD - 1453 AD

The Byzantine Empire was named after the city Byzantium. Emperor Constantine refounded Byzantium, and named it Constantinople after himself. Constantinople then became the capitol of the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire last for about one thousand years. This is because the empire had an organized government, didn't get to larger to handle, and avoided conflicts with other empires.

Contributions to Society

  • Preserving the Greek and Roman culture
  • Justinian's Code
  • Art and Architecture
  • Eastern (Greek) Orthodox

Justinian's Code

Justinian's code was the laws of the Byzantine Empire. It developed when emperor Justinian was ruler from 529 AD - 565 AD. It was based of the Roman set of laws, the Twelve Tables. Justinian's code consists of four books Codex Constitutionum, Digesta, or Pandectae, Institutiones, and Novellae Constitutiones Post Codicem. It became the basis for laws in many European countries.

Impact on Russia

The Byzantine Empire had a major impact on Russia. Trade between Russia and the empire introduced new ideas to Russia. The Eastern Orthodox was spread from the Byzantine Empire into Russia, known as Russian Orthodox. Other ideas that impacted Russia was Cyrillic alphabet, the mosaic art, and architecture. Below are pictures of these impacts.

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