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The Greatness of the Byzantine Empire. Lesson 2. Byzantine Glory. Emperor Justinian came into power in 527. He wanted to restore the Roman Empire. During his rule, the Byzantine Empire reached its height. Justinian’s accomplishments:

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Byzantine glory
Byzantine Glory

  • Emperor Justinian came into power in 527. He wanted to restore the Roman Empire. During his rule, the Byzantine Empire reached its height.

  • Justinian’s accomplishments:

    • Art and architecture flourished during Justinian’s rule. Many cathedrals were built, including the Hagia Sophia.

    • Protected the empire from the Persians by paying them off

    • Expanded the empire by conquering North Africa


  • Justinian’s accomplishments:

    • Created Justinian Code, which was a code of laws based on the laws of the Romans. It made laws clearer and allowed the Empire to operate with an efficient and fair central government. It is the basis for many legal systems today.

    • Followed the advice of his most trusted advisor, his wife Theodora by defending the city of Constantinople in 532 from attack


The glorious church
The Glorious Church

  • In 1054, the church divided. The church in the east became known as the Eastern Orthodox Church,

  • One of the reasons the church split was over the use of icons as part of worship.

  • After 1054, the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church existed separately.




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