AP World History Chapter Nine Vocab.

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Cyrillic alphabet

an alphabet drived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages

boyars

Russian landholding aristocrats; possessed less political power than their western European counterparts

Orthodox Christian church

Eastern church which was created in 1053 after the schism from the western Roman church; its head is the patriarch of Constantinople. (also called the Byzantine Church)

Bulgaria

Slavic kingdom established in northern portions of Balkan peninsula; constant source of pressure on Byzantine Empire; defeated by Emperor Basil II in 1014

Byzantine Empire

Eastern half of Roman Empire following collapse of western half of old empire; retained Mediterranean culture, particularly Greek; later lost Palestine, Syria, and Egypt to Islam; capital at Constantinople

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