Byzantine Empire Dbq Essay

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Everyone and their mother knows about the Roman Empire, but do they know about Rome's eastern successor, Byzantium? The Byzantine Empire was originally the eastern half of the failing Roman Empire. Justinian ruled Byzantium in its most powerful age. Justinian was a powerful leader, and those who followed never lived up to him. Byzantium shared many similarities with the Roman Empire. In fact, Justinian revived the Roman Empire through the use of old Roman laws, worshipping a similar religion, and many architectural and geographical similarities. Justinian revived the old Roman Empire through a similar law code. For example, Justinian reviewed old Roman laws and made them simpler (doc. 7). The use of Roman laws as a basis for their own law code …show more content…
19 and 20). Since they disagreed about who would lead the Christians, some historians would believe that they don't have the same religion, but that is false. They share a majority of the other Christian beliefs, so they share the religion.
Architectural and geographical features in the Byzantine Empire are an extension of the Roman
Empire. Other historians might argue that the Byzantine empire is not a revival because
"Justinian created countless cities which did not exist before," (doc. 1). This is a valid opinion, but the reuse of many Roman ideas in those new cities causes some to believe otherwise.
Byzantium created the Hagia Sophia which was a religious structure with domes and arches similar to smaller Roman structures (doc. 4). Both empires built religious structures, and the architects that built the Hagia Sophia based their plans on Roman ideas. Additionally, maps of the Byzantine Empire show that they built and used aqueducts (doc. 5). These aqueducts were a staple in the Roman Empire to show their power and wealth. Geographically, the Byzantine
Empire reconquered Rome and the surrounding land for a brief period of time (doc. 6). Along

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