Byzantine empire

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Byzantine empire

  1. 1. 476 CE – 1400 CE Byzantine Empire
  2. 2. Who were the Byzantines and where did they come from? •Constantine left Rome in 313 •Moved east and named the city Constantinople, presently Istanbul • Rome remained the eastern capital; Constantinople became the western capital •Constantine ruled until his death in 337 •The city of Rome fell in 476 to Germanic invaders. •After Rome fell, Constantinople became known as the
  3. 3. Who lived in Byzantium? It was a mixture of Middle Eastern and Greek cultures.
  4. 4. Christianity was a minor religion until the 300’s CE.
  5. 5. •Hagia Sophia •Literally means “Holy Wisdom” Completed in 537 CE. •Christian Church with spectacular architectural styles of Greek and Roman
  6. 6. What was the Byzantine economy based on? Russia and Italy were their dominate trading partners Byzantium traded silk cloth, silver jewelry, perfumes and fine glass
  7. 7. What did the Byzantine Empire take from the Roman Empire? •Paved Roads; museums, libraries, parks; homes; churche and schools. •It was the most advanced city in Medieval Europe.
  8. 8. •All people are equal under the law •Accused people were granted legal protection What were their laws and where did they acquire them?
  9. 9. •They combined Greek and Roman styles •Greco-Roman Style was born What were the Byzantines’ contributions to civilization?
  10. 10. •They shielded Western Europe from southern invaders •Protecting Western European society
  11. 11. •They were constantly at war with other civilizations •They lost land in the west from the Serbs and the Slavic people. •Constantinople fell in 1453 CE to the Ottomans •Byzantine was no more. How did the Byzantine Empire Fall? In 1453 the Byzantine Empire was no more.

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