Modern Day Understanding Of Human Kind 's Ancestry Essay

770 Words Jan 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Constantinople, now Istanbul, will be extensively studied in future classrooms. Topics like, art, literature, architecture, government, and many others are unique aspects that Constantinople has to offer to modern day understanding of human kind’s ancestry. After all, it was one of the longest-lasting cities of the Western world [ETEP Gregory, Introduction pg. 1]. It was founded by Constantine in A.D 306, a man converted to Christianity, and flourished into a city that served as a beacon for other nations and civilizations. In 527, under the rule of Justinian, the Byzantine Empire was considered to be in a Golden age [Gregory, HOFB pg. 119]. The empire declined after this golden period, due to war, poor empire management, sickness, and a multitude of other reasons. However, the empire hit another high point, or the “Apogee”, as stated by Dr. Gregory in History of the Byzantine Empire, in the 10th century. Unlike the downfall after the Golden age, the Byzantine Empire would not fully recover from the decline after the 10th century. Multiple invasions, the Schism of 1054, internal conflict and poor decisions regarding foreign economics and policy contributed to the decline that would hinder the growth of the empire. If we fast forward to 1453, Constantinople, the capital and jewel of the Byzantine Empire, finally fell to Mehmet II, the Ottoman sultan and leader of the Turkish army. In the end, Constantinople suffered short, medium, and long term complications. In the short…

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