Byzantine Empire

By. William and Pranav


  • 667 BC- founding of Byzantium: Constantinople was founded by the ancient Greek colonist from Megura. The colonist started a city on the 7 hills where Constantinople is placed now. The placement of this city was immensely perfect on it positioning as a trade route Asia, Europe, and Africa.
  • AD 330- Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes Roman capital: Constantine I moved the capital of the east from Nocomedia to Constantinople. This city was on the route between Europe and Asia , it was in a strategic position. The roads from southwestern Europe to Asia converged there. It was on the Bosphorus the strait between Europe and Asia and between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Therefore, it also controlled the naval route between these two seas.
  • AD 527- Justinian crowned emperor: The reason that the crowning of Justinian was so important to the timeline of Constantinople was that he laid out the order to print the "Codex of Justinian". This lead to modern day law.
  • AD 537- Hagia Sophia is built: Originally the Hagia Sophia was built as a Greek Church but later as the fall of Constantine happened it later became an imperial mosque. The church was dedicated to the Wisdom of God. The Hagia Sophia was one of the best Architecturally made building of the time.
  • AD 1025- Death of Basil II, beginning of decline: Basil II did many great feats for Byzantine but his most know and greatest was when he defeated the Burglars ( tribes form Bulgaria). After Basil the II death the beginning slow decline of the Byzantine empire starts.
  • AD 1054- Great Schism: The Great Schism is basically a argument between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. They were fighting over who was the mother church of Christianity. This argument never truly dissolved or was fixed by either side.
  • AD 1453- Ottoman Turks capture Constantinople, fall of the Empire: The Ottoman Turks take over Constantinople and effectively ended the empire that lasted for about 1,500 years. This got rid of the buffer between Europe and the rest of the world.
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Essential Question

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