Who were the Byzantines and
where did they come from?
•Constantine left Rome in 313
•Moved east and named the city Constantinople,
• 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
Who lived in Byzantium?
It was a mixture of Middle Eastern and Greek
was a minor
the 300’s CE.
•Literally means “Holy Wisdom” Completed in 537 CE.
•Christian Church with spectacular architectural styles of Greek
What was the Byzantine economy
Russia and Italy were their dominate trading partners
Byzantium traded silk cloth, silver jewelry, perfumes and
What did the Byzantine
Empire take from the
•Paved Roads; museums, libraries, parks; homes; churche
•It was the most advanced city in Medieval Europe.
•All people are equal under the law
•Accused people were granted legal
What were their
laws and where did
they acquire them?
•They combined Greek and Roman styles
•Greco-Roman Style was born
What were the Byzantines’
contributions to civilization?
•They shielded Western Europe from southern invaders
•Protecting Western European society
•They were constantly at war with other civilizations
•They lost land in the west from the Serbs and the
•Constantinople fell in 1453 CE to the
•Byzantine was no more.
How did the
In 1453 the
Empire was no