byzantine empire.

time period: 400 ~ past 1300 c.e.

how was it created?

  • it was the eastern half of the old Roman Empire

byzantine vs. roman

                        Capital                 Religion                                                  Language

Roman             Constantinople       Roman Catholic - Christian                         Latin             

Byzantine        Rome                    Eastern - Greek, Orthodox - Christian          Greek

The Byzantine Empire is the eastern half of the Old Roman Empire. It grew strong and lasted for 1000 years. The Roman Empire is the western half of the Old Roman Empire. It fell into the Dark Ages.

impact on russia.

  • religion: Eastern Orthodox spread to Russia (known as Russian Orthodox)
  • trade: many Byzantineideas were introduced into Russia through trade

                   -cyrillic alphabet, religion, artwork (mosaics), architecture

contributions to our society.

  • Justinian's Code: laws of the Byzantine Empire based on the "Twelve Tables" of Roman law and became the basis of 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

why it lasted so long.

  • organized government
  • did not get to be too big
  • minded their own business

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