Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire existed from 500 A.D to 1200 A.D. and was located in the Eastern half of the old Roman Empire. The capital of the Byzantine Empire was Constantinople. Their religion was Eastern Orthodox and they spoke the Greek language. This empire grew strong and lasted 1000 years.

Impact on Russia:

-Religion: Eastern Orthodox spread to Russia (Known as Russian Orthodox)
-Trade: many Byzantine ideas were introduced into Russia through trade.
-Cyrillic Alphabet                                -Art work (mosaics)
-Religion                                                  -Architecture

Contributions to our Society:

-Justinian's Code: The laws of the Byzantine Empire based on the "Twelve Tables" of roman law, became a basis for laws in many European Nations.
-Art and Architecture: Usually supported the Christian Church
-Preservers of Greek and  Roman culture: The Byzantine empire saved the knowledge, art, and ideas of the old Roman and greek cultures.

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