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2 THE BIG QUESTION: What were the main characteristics of the Byzantine Empire?

3 Introduction After the fall of Rome, the Eastern Roman Empire continued as the Byzantine Empire with Constantinople as its center. It lasted for almost 1,000 years. Constantinople was located along land routes that connected Europe and Asia and on the Bosporus, a waterway connecting the Black and Mediterranean Seas It was surrounded on three sides by water and had thick city walls, making it almost invulnerable to attack


5 BYZANTINE government The Byzantines saw themselves as simply continuing the Roman Empire Byzantine emperors were all-powerful and continued an imperial system over a diverse population The official language of government was Latin, but most people spoke Greek (eventually Latin was replaced by Greek in the government)

6 Kingdom of The Franks Rome Constantinople Kingdom of The Visigoths Persian Empire Carthage Arabia AFRICA

7 Byzantine Culture Religion – The Eastern Orthodox Church
Separate from the Catholic Church Did not recognize the Pope as the head of their church Had their own Patriarch (leader) Some other issues were the use of relics vs. icons, view on the trinity and the shape of the cross displayed in churches

8 Culture continued… Developed a vibrant culture
Built magnificent churches like the Hagia Sophia with its giant dome and tall spires Taught ancient Greek texts Artists used precious materials (gold, silver, ivory) to display classical images Especially known for their colorful icons and mosaics

9 Justinian (527-565) Reconquered much of the old Roman Empire
Greatest achievement was the Code of Justinian Collected all of the existing Roman laws and organized them into a single code Listed all the laws and opinions on each subject Had special laws relating to religion and required all persons in the empire to belong to the Eastern Orthodox Faith Added new laws that pertained to women’s rights

10 ACTIVITY Complete the chart about the reasons for the survival of the Byzantine Empire. Homework: Read the document from the Code of Justinian, then anwer the questions that follow.

11 Decline of byzantium Continuously battled the Slavs and Avars to the north, Persians to the east and spread of Islam in the south. In the 600s, Muslims took most of the Middle East In the 1100s, The Seljuk Turks took most of Asia Minor European crusaders attacked Constantinople in 1204 and Italian cities competed for Byzantine trade By the 1440s, the empire was reduced to a small area around Constantinople which was finally conquered by the Ottomans in 1453

12 Byzantine influence in russia
Emerged in the 9th century when Vikings organized Slavs into a kingdom centered in Kiev (other Russian cities developed in the north – Moscow & Novgorod) Early Russian cities traded with the Byzantines Byzantine influence on Russian culture Orthodox Christianity (converted Slavs and Bulgars) Cyrillic alphabet Byzantine crafts and other products

You must [determine] the proof necessary to establish the fact that you are entitled to the money which you [claim] you have deposited. Emperor Antonius, 156 A.D. He before whom proceedings are brought shall order public documents, both civil and criminal, to be produced, for the purpose of being examined, in order to [judge] the truth. Emperor Severus, 193 A.D. Persons who wish to bring an accusation must have evidence, for the law does not permit a party to inspect the documents of the other side. Therefore, if thee plaintiff does not prove his allegations, the defendant shall be discharged, even if he furnishes no evidence. Emperor Antoninus, 223 A.D. What legal principle do all three sections share? ___________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Why was the Code of Justinian such an important legal advance? _____________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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