The wife of Justinian, she helped to improve the status of women in the Byzantinian Empire and encouraged her husband to stay in Constntinople and fight the Nike Revolt.
Historian of the Byzantine Empire who in his Secret History revealed the cruelty of the autocratic system in which the emperor ruled by divine providence.
7th sultan ruler of the Ottoman Empire, captured Constantinople (Istanbul) (The Byzantine Empire)
Byzantine missionary that was sent to Russia to spread Orthodoxy; created Slavic Cyrillic script
Along with Cyril, missionary sent by Byzantine government to eastern Europe and the Balkans; converted southern Russia and Balkans to Orthodox Christianity; responsible for creation of written script for Slavic known as Cyrillic.
olga of kiev
Igors wife, took succession after his death but was a regent. Converted to Christianity and wanted a church but not to govern the country
Russian ruler who chose Byzantine Christianity as the official religion of the Russian state
ivan the great
Ivan III, was the Grand Duke of Moscow, ended Mongol domination of his dukedom, extended territories, subdued nobles, and attained absolute power; made Moscow the center of a new Russian state with a central government
ivan the terrible
(1533-1584) (ivan 3) earned his nickname for his great acts of cruelty directed toward all those with whom he disagreed. He became the first ruler to assume the title Czar of all Russia.
the grandson of Ghengis Khan, the first Mongol to invade Russia; Kiev fell to him, and Russian cities became dependent, tribute-paying principalities of the Mongol empire
Companion of 1st muslim leader after Muhammad. Regarded by Sunni's as the 1st caliph and rightful succesor. The Shi'ah regard him as a traitor of Muhammad. Known as best interpretter of dreams following Muhammad's death.
Persian poet and mathematician and astronomer whose poetry was popularized by Edward Fitzgerald's translation (1050-1123)
Arab historian. He developed an influential theory on the rise and fall of states. Born in Tunis, he spent his later years in Cairo as a teacher and judge. In 1400 he was sent to Damascus to negotiate the surrender of the city.
the head physician of Baghdad's chief hospital, wrote many books including on measles and small pox, challenged and accepted medical practices
Islamic physician, wrote a book called Canon on Medicine, which was an encyclopedia of Greek, Arabic, and his own knowledge of medicine. This book became the standard medical text in Europe for over five hundred years.
in 532, the Blues and the Greens (opposite sides, participants in chariot races) 6were angry with the government so they rioted in the hippodrome, but Belisarius and his men broke in and slaughtered 30,000 rebels
Previously known as Byzantium, Constantine changed the name of the city and moved the capitol of the Roman Empire from Rome.
Laws of the byzantine empire based the twelve tables of Roman law, became a basis for laws in many European nations
a period of division in the Roman Catholic Church, 1378-1417, over papal succession, during which there were two, or sometimes three, claimants to the papal office
a people from the forests north of the Black Sea, ancestors of many peoples in Eastern Europe today., the group of people in southeastern Europe who were the same ethnic group as the Russians
Nomadic pastoralists of the Arabian peninsula; culture based on camel and goat nomadism; early converts to Islam.
City in western Arabia; birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, and ritual center of the Islamic religion.
A city Muhammad and his followers visited after death threats to Muhammad (later named Medina)
City in western Arabia to which the Prophet Muhammad and his followers emigrated in 622 to escape persecution in Mecca. (p. 231)
(Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine
the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
Basic rules of Islam. 1. Profession of faith 2. Pray five times a day 3. Give alms (give money) 4. Ramadan fast 5. Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
The ability of individuals to move from one social standing to another. Social standing is based on degrees of wealth, prestige, education and power.
a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad
the branch of Islam whose members acknowledge Ali and his descendants as the rightful successors of Muhammad