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Emperor of Rome who adopted the Christian faith and stopped the persecution of Christians (280-337)

Byzantine Empire

Historians' name for the eastern portion of the Roman Empire from the fourth century onward, taken from 'Byzantion,' an early name for Constantinople, the Byzantine capital city. The empire fell to the Ottomans in 1453. (250)

Eastern Orthodox

The Christian religion of the Byzantine Empire in the middle east that formed from Christianity's schism between the remains of the western and eastern Roman Empire. The Christian church ruled by the Byzantine emperor and the patriarchs of various historically significant Christian centers/cities.

Roman Catholic

The Christian religion of Europe that formed from Christianity's schism between the remains of the western and eastern Roman Empire . The Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy


capital of the Byzantine Empire; Byzantinium & Istanbul


ancient Greek city, location of the city Constantinople, located near the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea


Rome falls


Byzantine emperor, reconquered much of the territory previously ruled by Rome, initiated an ambitious building program , including Hagia Sofia, as well as a new legal code

Justinian's Code

an organized code of laws that turned into a legal system


two groups of Justinians enemies united and tried to overthrow him


wife of Justinian, stopped him from fleeing the city in 532, helped her husband rule effectively


Justinian dies


Ottoman Turks capture Constantinople

Western Emperor's

subjects to this emperor could not stand in his presence, they had to crawl on their hands and knees to talk to him

Eastern Emperor's

emperor's of this country had more power than in the west for they were the head of the church as well as emperor

Hagia Sophia

Byzantines' famous church, built by Justinian


main religion in both the East and the West empires


pictures made with pieces of colored stone or glass

religous services

in the east these were held in Greek, in the west they were held in Latin


in the east these could be married, while in the west they could not

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