This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The History Of The Byzantine Empire

1080 words - 5 pages

As the Roman Empire expanded to help govern it better it brought out the Western (old) Romans in Western Europe and the Eastern (new) Romans in Eastern Europe. Many in the west saw the east as Greeks, but the Eastern Romans saw themselves as the Roman Empire with its capital in Constantinople. Early on Emperor Constantine sought to keep the two united but as the fifth and sixth centuries rolled around they each had gone their separate ways. With chaos in the west, the east thrived after the west fell under Germanic tribes and the east later became known as the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire lasted from 330-1453 a thousand years longer than the Western Roman Empire. Due to the ...view middle of the document...

Though they were Christians, they disagreed in 1054 with Rome about worshiping icons and split into practicing Eastern Orthodox while the west continued with Catholicism.
Throughout its life, Constantinople saw many foes try to attack and overrun its city walls, but none could penetrate its barriers. Many waves of attacks were survived from the Hun and Slavs in 559, the Sassanid Empire, who seemed to be a regular foe for many years until 651, and the Arabs. Their fortress was one of the most immaculate of its time with immense triple walls to protect from a sea invasion. Behind these walls reservoirs supplied water along with limitless gardens to contribute vegetables and meat for the people to survive much longer than any attack by sea. Outside of the capital urban life declined, while Constantinople grew to become the largest city in the Christian world. Several attempts to conquer Constantinople by the Arabs failed in the face of the Byzantines' superior navy, the Byzantines' monopoly over the still-mysterious incendiary weapon (Greek fire), the strong city walls, and the skill of Byzantine generals and warrior-emperors such as Leo III the Isaurian reigning from 717-741 (1, Many enemies wanted this city for it had grown to be large in trade and offered new expansion to their kingdoms.
Following the fall of Rome, none of the emperors sought after retaking Rome from the Germanic captures. They did, however, take a lesson from the fall of Rome and all throughout the fifth century, the Byzantine emperors wrought a series of administrative and financial reforms. They produced the single most extensive corpus of Roman law in 425 and reformed taxation dramatically (1, Hooker). However, with time, there soon rises an emperor not like the rest who wants to reseize the fallen lands of their Western brothers. Justinian (527-565) reclaimed the western empire to what it was before, and conquered North Africa and Italy. Only to later see Italy struggle as it was drained of much needed supplies and resources. They held Italy for as long as they could, though impossible to hold it forever. Just three years after Justinian’s death, the...

Other Essays Like The History Of The Byzantine Empire

The Fall Of The Roman Empire

1301 words - 6 pages . But in a feudalistic system, ones rank will never be changed; therefore, there is no motivation to encourage the workers to perform well. Bibliography Books 1. Cary, M. and Scullard, H.H. A history of Rome, down to the reign of Constantine.(Third edition) New York, St. Martin’s press 2. Nardo, Don. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. U.S.A Websites 1. “What Caused the Fall of the Roman Empire?” 2. Gill, N.S. “Reasons for the Fall of Rome.”

Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire

1300 words - 6 pages Everything is nothing in the End:Why Rome FellRome was a great empire at one time. It stretched across the world, and has no doubtShaped the world as we see it now. However, it eventually started to weaken and fall. There wasnot one sole reason that Rome to fall, but rather many varied ones. These reasonsincluded financial reason, loss of public support and outside invasions.At its height, Rome was a shining example for the whole world to follow

The Persian Empire

899 words - 4 pages other, have also given rise to many loanwords in Biblical Hebrew. Bibliography Allen, Lindsay (2005). The Persian Empire National Geographic (2011). Ancient Tables Decoded; Shed Light on Assyrian Empire website: Metropolitan Muesum of Art (2011), Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Origin and Fate of the Empire of Mali

591 words - 3 pages Introduction In its peak, the people of Mali occupied land as far west as the Atlantic Ocean. They also traveled as far east as Gao, the capital of the Songhai, as far south as the Niger bend, and as far north as the Sahara desert. They built a great empire between 1240 and 1337 that underwent a course of slow decline until the seventeenth century. History The empire of Mali originated from a small country known as Kangaba. Its

New York The Empire State

354 words - 2 pages NEW YORK - THE EMPIRE STATE New York is in the northeastern United States. It is one of the middle atlantic states. The Dutch built its first settlements. Then,England ruled New York for more than a hundred years. In 1788,New York became one of the orignal 13 states. First I am going to tell you how New York became the 11th state. On Joly 9, 1776, the provincial congress of New York met in White Plains. It approved The Declaration Of

The History of Banking

862 words - 4 pages HISTORY OF BANKING Greek and Roman financiers: from the 4th century BC Banking activities in Greece are more varied and sophisticated than in any previous society. Private entrepreneurs, as well as temples and public bodies, now undertake financial transactions. They take deposits, make loans, change money from one currency to another and test coins for weight and purity. They even engage in book transactions. Moneylenders can be found

The Objectivity Of History

1323 words - 6 pages The Objectivity of History The issues that are raised in this source by Marc Trachtenberg are is whether or not objectivity is still a relevant idea, and if it is not then is history in fact dying. Keith Jenkins' "What is History?," Carl Becker's "What are Historical Facts?" and Richard Evans' "In Defence of History" will be used to discuss and examine these issues. Marc Trachtenberg is questioning if objectivity is possible and desirable

The Study of History

740 words - 3 pages 48.The study of history places too much emphasis on individuals. The most significant events and trends in history were made possible not by the famous few, but by groups of people whose identities have long been forgotten History literally means the study of past. It gives us details of the past, earlier civilizations, their trends, belief, activities as well as their achievements and failures which help us in understanding their culture

The History of Disease

880 words - 4 pages Running Head: The History of Disease The History of Disease   Disease has dated back sense the beginning of time and is one of the leading factors that have wiped out several civilizations. Diseases are abnormal changes or symptoms that occur in the body. Diseases are closely related to homeostasis because during homeostasis the body is trying to remain stable; but the disease will not allow it. In addition, disease goes hand in hand with

History Of The Computer

1233 words - 5 pages History of the Computer The history of the computer can be dated back for years and years and there is still much more to learn and know as we advance our knowledge with this technology. Webster's Dictionary defines computer as, “any programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data” (A brief 2004). The core word compute in computer has been termed for over 2000 years. In the beginning, a wooden rack holding

The History of Theatre

1630 words - 7 pages The History of Theatre Alanna Leon Effective Essay Writing/COM/150 May 27, 2012 Michael Macbride The History of Theatre Theatre is a fantastic, entertaining, and very old art form. An evolution of storytelling, theatre is an expression of life. The history of theatre can be traced all the way back to the time of Ancient Greece. The art of theatre has survived many years and has evolved greatly during those years. A performance you

Related Papers

Empire Of The Sun Essay

4395 words - 18 pages crowded streets to business meetings and masquerade balls and they hardly need notice the ordinary people in those streets. Sometimes the Chinese press too close to the car, sometimes they hold up traffic, but mostly they are simply invisible - until war breaks out, and the boy's whole world is shattered. The most agonizing moment in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" comes near the beginning as the streets of Shanghai are filled with a panic

The Empire Of Good Intention Essay

1260 words - 6 pages Jea Yoon Han HI331 Prof. Curley November 3rd, 2014 The Empire of Good Intention The video, The Empire of Good Intentions, presents a complete account of the idealistic British Empire’s presence in India. Simon Schama reveals the fundamental aspects of governing principles of the Empire in India. He shows the effect of the free market economies and the liberal politics on the presence and the influence of British Empire in India. Some

Decline Of The Roman Empire Essay

540 words - 3 pages Decline of the Roman Empire Rome wasn't built in a day, it took hundreds of years to expand it's empire. Rome's success was due to the fact of the character of it's people and the quality of their statesmanship (pg. 125). It took hundreds of years for The Roman Empire to collapse. The Roman Empire didn't fall because of any single reason. It fell, because of a chain reaction similar to the domino effect. When the character of it's people

Decline Of The American Empire Essay

4873 words - 20 pages they become a presence throughout the world, they become empires. At times, it seems as though one of these empires wins the game, becoming the undisputed superpower in the world. Today, there is one such nation that has outlived all of its rivals in the great game, it is the United States of America.This vast empire of political power, economic and military supremacy, exerts its influence over much of the world. It has risen from the obscurity of