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  • The Byzantine Empire The Rise and Fall of Power
  • Where they came from
    • The Roman Empire
      • It was divided into two sections:
      • The East and The West
      • The capital in the East was Rome.
      • The capital in the West was Constantinople.
  • The Fall of the West
    • The Invasion
      • The West fell to Germanic Invaders.
      • The city of Rome fell in 476 A.D.
  • The East Survives
    • After the West fell:
      • The East became known as the Byzantine Empire.
    • The Byzantine Empire
      • It was a mixture of Middle Eastern and Greek cultures.
  • Byzantine Life
    • It was ruled by an Emperor.
      • The Emperor had absolute power.
      • Absolute Power – having control of everything.
      • The Emperor always had his military ready to fight.
  • Byzantine Life cont.
    • Trade was excellent in the empire.
    • Their main trading partner was the people of Italy and Russia.
    • They produced: silk cloth, silver jewelry, perfumes, and fine glass.
  • Byzantine Life cont.
    • Constantinople, the capital.
      • Had paved streets
      • Had great homes and churches
      • Had parks and playgrounds
      • Had museums, libraries, and schools
      • It was the most advanced city in medieval western Europe.
  • Contributions to Civilization
    • Roman Law
      • All persons are equal before the law.
      • Accused people are granted legal protection.
  • Contributions to Civilization cont.
    • Buildings
      • The Byzantines created a new style.
      • They combined Greek and Roman architectures.
      • Greco-Roman style was born.
  • Contributions to Civilization cont.
    • Protection
      • The Byzantine Empire shielded western Europe from invaders.
      • The Byzantine people were protecting western European society.
  • The Fall of Constantinople
    • The Byzantines were constantly fighting with other people.
    • They lost land in the west to the Serbs and Slavs.
    • Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453.
    • The Byzantine Empire was no more.