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Was the Byzantine Empire a continuation of the Roman Empire? Answer in your notebook… List 10 of your closest family and friends After Diocletian divided the Roman Empire, what city was the Eastern capital? Which half of the Empire was wealthier, and what role did geography play?

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Was the Byzantine Empire a continuation of the Roman Empire?

Answer in your notebook…

List 10 of your closest family and friends

After Diocletian divided the Roman Empire, what city was the Eastern capital?

Which half of the Empire was wealthier, and what role did geography play?

What caused the West to fall?

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New rome

  • 330 CE- Roman Emperor Constantine moves capital to Constantinople

  • Controlled trade routes between Europe and Asia

  • Eastern Roman Empire (aka Byzantine Empire) continues to thrive long after the fall of Western Roman Empire

  • Byzantines saw themselves as the true Romans

New Rome


Hippodrome huge race track

Hippodrome- huge race track


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  • Hippodrome- huge race track


Justinian ruled 527 565

  • Attempted to reconquer Western Rome from the “barbarians”

Justinian (ruled 527-565)


Justinian ruled 527 5651

  • Came close but didn’t last

  • Wasted money on fighting in the West

  • Cheated people out ofmoney to pay for it

  • Didn’t pay soldiers

Justinian (ruled 527-565)


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Byzantine scholar Procopius writes about a Byzantine soldier man who was a prisoner of war…

So his father's mother, who was still living, got together a ransom not less than two thousand pounds of silver, and was ready to purchase her grandson's liberty. But when this money came to Dara, the Emperor heard of the bargain and forbade it: saying that Roman wealth must not be given to the barbarians. Not long after this, John fell ill and departed from this world, whereupon the Governor of the city forged a letter which, he said, John had written him as a friend not long before, to the effect that he wished his estate to go to the Emperor.


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Chariot Racing


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Modern Chariot Racing


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Modern equivalent…

Nascar Racing


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  • Angry people rioted against Justinianduring chariot race

  • Theodora- Wife ofJustinian, smart, tough,beautiful, former“dancer”

  • She refused to run,Justinian stayed andput down the rebellion

  • Justinian built upConstantinople,especially the HAGIASOPHIA CATHEDRAL!!!


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“O Solomon, I have surpassed you!” -Justinian


Justinian s code

  • He had experts collect all the different laws of Ancient Rome and consolidate them into one collection known as Justinian’s Code

  • Ruled as an autocrat (single ruler with total power), called Christ’s co-ruler of Earth

Justinian’s Code


Remember that list of family and friends cross off the 1 st 3 rd 4 th 7 th and 10 th person

DEAD

Remember that list of family and friends?Cross off the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 10th person


Justinian s plague

  • Bubonic Plague- deadly disease carried by fleas on rats

  • Killed about 50% of population (100 million people!!!)

  • Justinian got plague and survived it, but body and mind damaged, became oppressive and paranoid

  • After his death, Western conquests abandoned

Justinian’s Plague


Justinian s code1

Justinian’s Code


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PENSAComplete the Emperor Justinian DBQ worksheetANDEMAIL ME at [email protected] your NAME and PERIOD


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