The Byzantine Empire (330-1453 AD)
Matteo Agius and Eder Garcia
Essential Question for our Topic:
Justinian and Justinian’s Code
Time period, Capital, Rise and Fall
Greek influence on Byzantium
Main characteristics of Byzantine Empire
They also had advanced trade-routes, since they were close to the Mediterranean and bordered west Asia, they were able to sell many goods.They also unified Church and State, giving laws that had a Christian base, which made many of their people follow them. They also had astounding architecture like the Haga Sofia, palaces, and other buildings. Their capital Constantinople was a masterpiece of fortification, it included huge walls, palaces, and churches.
Legacy/significance of the Byzantine Empire
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Critical Thinking Question
Since the Byzantine Empire was connected to the Mediterranean
Sea there were many trade routes that were accessibly to different
civilizations. Such as ones in North Africa, Western Asia, and
Central/Northern Europe. They were able to trade many goods such as
grain and silk under Justinian's rule. There was even a functioning
market for grain in the capital Constantinople since the demand was so
high. These trade routes generated a great amount of money for the
empire, making Justinian a successful leader.
Justinian also made a great decision of creating a list of
laws called Justinian's Code to strengthen the empire. He removed
contradictory and outdated laws, and set up improved up-to-date ones.
Which were so useful some are still used today. The code was
revolutionary for everyone in the empire, it organized and stabilized
the empire. This secured Justinian's position as emperor since he
gained the likes of many.
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