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1 The Byzantine Empire The Golden Horn
330 AD – 1453 AD

2 Introduction: In our last unit, you learned how the emperor Constantine moved his capital from Rome to the ancient city of Byzantium in 33o C.E. This city eventually became known as Constantinople. After Constantine’s reign, power was usually divided between two emperors. One was based in Rome, and one in Constantinople. After the fall of Rome, the eastern half of the empire continued for another 1,000 years. Today we call this eastern empire the Byzantine Empire, after Byzantium, the original name of its capital city. This great empire straddled two continents, Europe and Asia. It lasted from about 500 to 1453 C.E. when it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks. East and west did remain connected for a time through a shared Christian faith. BUT the church in the east developed in its own unique way. It became known as the Eastern Orthodox Church. Over time, Byzantine emperors and church officials came into conflict with the pope in Rome. The conflict led to a permanent split, or schism, between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. In this assignment, you will learn about the Byzantine Empire, one of its greatest emperors, and its distinctive church.

3 Remember Constantine Emperor Constantine takes power of the Roman Empire in the year 312 AD. He took two steps that changed the course of European History Step 1 – Granted tolerance to Christians Step 2 – Built new Capital (Constantinople)


5 Constantinople and Rome were on different ends of the falling Roman Empire
Germanic invaders pounded the Roman Empire in the West Constantinople was not being invaded and was thriving as a trade center One would crumble, one would thrive

6 Life After the “Fall” of Rome
Byzantine Empire Western Europe The “new Rome” Symbol of Roman Civilization Byzantine Empire: Greek, Roman, and Christian influences Change from one way of life to another Society goes backwards Trade ends and back to farming Cities not important VS.

7 Language and Location Western Europe Byzantine Empire
Latin and German languages LOCATION Western Europe, central Italy along the Tiber River Language: Greek LOCATION Shores of the Bosporus Strait – Commanded key trade routes, busiest marketplace, linked Europe to Asia Eastern Europe is home to many different traditions. What does this cause? VS.

8 Sunset on the “Golden Horn”

9 Religion: The Schism of 1054
*Schism (Def: permanent split)! In 1054, a feud with the Roman Pope over holy images. The Byzantine church outlawed praying to images = Pope excommunicated Byzantine Emperor. This is called the Schism of 1054. Resulted in TWO Christian Churches: Eastern (Greek) Orthodox in Byzantine Empire Roman Catholic in Western Europe

10 Characteristics of the two churches
Western Europe Byzantine Empire Roman Catholic Church Christianity Church is the most powerful – Papal Supremacy Priests cannot marry Christmas most important holiday Latin services Eastern Orthodox Church Christianity Emperor ruled over church Rejected Pope’s authority Easter most important holiday Priests could marry

11 Leaders after 476 AD Byzantine Empire Western Europe
Strongest ruler: Justinian – determined to revive classical Rome Absolute power along with wife Theodora Weak rulers after Justinian died, but empire was able to thrive because of Justinian's laws and economy No significant strong leaders other than the Pope Power moved to Germany 1st “leader” was Charlemagne (800 AD)

12 Emperor Justinian [r. 527-564]
Empress Theodora

13 Justinian’s Empire at its Peak

14 Justinian’s lasting achievements
Reconquered western provinces (North Africa, Italy, and Spain) Beautified Constantinople Justinian’s Code: Collected and revised ancient Roman laws (most important)

15 Law and Order Byzantine Empire Western Europe
Trulson Law and Order Byzantine Empire Western Europe Justinian’s Code – “Body of civil law” Laws passed by Roman assemblies, emperors, or judges Passed to western Europe by 100 AD- used by Medieval monarchs and churches Used in international law today Legal system evolved into “might is right” Strongest wins (Bully System) Laws of Rome forgotten Feudal society

16 Learning Byzantine Empire Western Europe Studies emphasized:
Hellenistic Culture Greek Philosophy Roman Law Christian influences Learning was not important Church (not education) guided people

17 Major architectural legacy after 476 AD
Byzantine Empire Western Europe Restore Roman glory Large domes Marble Mosaic Example: Hagia Sophia (Church of Holy Wisdom), later a mosque, now a museum Return to farms Cities not important

18 Constantinople Nicknamed the “New Rome”
Location made it Europe’s busiest market place Major architectural achievements: Hippodrome Arena built in 200’s for entertainment Hagia Sophia “Holy Wisdom” Built during Justinian Age Largest cathedral for 1000 yrs Cathedral/Mosque/Museum


20 Constantinople (Istanbul Today)

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