Essay about Byzantine Empire And The Roman Empire

923 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Isiah Rodriguez
Mr. Maniates
History 101
30 March 2016
Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire, sometimes referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople. It survived the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. It was one of the strongest empire to exist and even though some citizens still referred to it as the Roman Empire, it was still as powerful or even more. Many good things came from the Byzantine Empire and not only did they stick with some of Rome’s technology instead they made new weapons and better tactics. Some of these improvements were commerce, army and navy, unity of empire, taxation, literature, art and much more things I’m going to talk about. The Byzantine Empire was ruled by Constantine I. He reorganized the empire, made Constantinople the capital and most importantly legalized Christianity. Greek was the prevalent language, but Latin long continued in official use. The place where the capital was located was so important because most of the trade from Asia came and ended up in Constantinople. Nature protected the site on three sides with cliffs; on the fourth side, emperors fortified the City with an impenetrable three-wall network. Constantinople was located in a harbor that was the center of an active trade place. Constantinople was the best…

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