The Byzantine Empire was in the 330ad. It was located in the Greece area. The capital of this was Constantinople. It ties to Rome because it was the eastern half of Rome. Rome spoke Latin. They fell apart. Rome falls into the dark ages. They were also in eastern orthodox. They spoke Greece. Byzantine Empire grew strong and lasted 1000 years. The reason they lasted so long was because they had a good organized, they minded there own business. This Empire had a impact on Russia. Many of the Byzantine ideas were introduced to Russia by trade. Some of the ideas were the Cyrillic alphabet, religion, art work, architecture. The contributions to our society is the Justinian's Code. This was a law based on the "12 tables" of roman laws. it became a basis law for many European Nations. the Byzantine Empire saved the knowledge, art, and ideas.