Ties to the Roman Empire

It was created in the Eastern half of the old Roman Empire. The Byzantine Empire is compared to the Roman Empire-

                  Capital     Religion                 Language       Other Information                        

Roman       Rome       Roman Catholic       Latin                 -The western half of the old Roman Empire

                                                                                       -Fell into the "Dark Ages"

Byzantine   Constan.  Eastern Orthodox    Greek                -The eastern half of the old Roman 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 laws, became a basis for laws in many European nations

                   Art and Architecture: usually supported the Christian Church

Preserves of Greek and Roman culture: The Byzantine Empire saved the knowledge, art, and ideas of the old Roman and Greek cultures

                                                                                          Reasons why the empire lasted so long

                                                                                                      - Organized Government

                                                                                                      - Did not get to be too big

                                                                                                      - Minded their own business


Byzantine Empire

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