The Byzantine Empire, because you guys won't study anyway

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The Byzantine Empire, because you guys won't study anyway

Post  Brock M. Hay on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:26 pm


Being considerate as usual (that's a lie) I know that the majority of you who wouldn't even care to study this chapter and doing blog responses for the sole purpose of getting your miserable grades up I thought it would be nice to write about section one on our new chapter so you can study while you do last minute homework. It all started when in the year 330 the emperor Diocletian divided the Roman empire into a west and east division. He kept the very wealthy eastern part for himself, building a capital that a later emperor Constantine named Constantinople. Today it is known as Instanbul, in its own time it was one of the trading centers of the world. When the fall of the Roman empire came to pass, only the western part went into turmoil, as for the east, it only became much smaller, and remained as the Byzantine empire. Architecture, arts, and people in Constantinople had influence from Northern areas (like Russia), western Catholic cultures, their very own Orthodox culture, and very much Islamic influence. One very famous emperor was named Justinian who ruled during the Hagia Sophia and made many useful contributions to the Byzantine empire. He created the Justinian code of law, also known as the Corpus Juris Civilis that influenced in many later western societies in the 1100s. Justinian ruled as an autocrat, which made him the sole power, and he could do whatever he wanted, which was good because he was actually a good ruler. As much as a political leader he was also considered a religious leader, which made him more famous and loved by people. Even centuries after his rule, the power economically and as a nation that he developed caused the Byzantines to survive attacks from the Mongols, Turks, and Slavs plus many more. The Byzantine empire not only had a political schism from the west, but also a religious schism from them, called the great schism. The Byzantines grew a new sect of Christianity known as the Eastern Orthodox church. This sect, did not like the idea of worshiping someone like the pope as if he where almost like a god. They were also much less boastful of their religion, they had no art and wealth in their churches. They also thought the holiday Christmas was with little matter and in contrast the holiday Easter was extremely important. The fall of the Byzantine empire was caused by the hand of the crusades and the Ottomans. The crusades brought much warfare and economic decline towards Constantinople and many other cities, and made the empire very weak. After this the Ottomans brought the Byzantines into downfall by surrounding the walls of Constantinople in 1453. The Byzantines heritage lived on, their arts and learning influenced many later kingdoms. Many famous historians wrote of the Greeks, and wrote literature. The Byzantine empire was used as a template for many Renaissaince empires later.
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THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE

Post  MariaelenaFarina on Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:46 am

Nice post, Brock!

Here are some facts that i thought were quite interesting:
- In the year 330 the emperor Diocletian divided the Roman empire into a west and east division.
- He kept the very wealthy eastern part for himself, building a capital that a later emperor Constantine named Constantinople.
- Architecture, arts, and people in Constantinople had influence from Northern areas (like Russia), western Catholic cultures, their very own Orthodox culture, and very much Islamic influence.
- The Byzantine empire not only had a political schism from the west, but also a religious schism from them, called the great schism.
- The fall of the Byzantine empire was caused by the hand of the crusades and the Ottomans.
- The crusades brought much warfare and economic decline towards Constantinople and many other cities, and made the empire very weak.
- The Ottomans brought the Byzantines into downfall by surrounding the walls of Constantinople in 1453.

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