432-434 Tramaine, Peyton, Tanvi
Byzantium and the World • Had a tense relationship with Western Europe • Located astride Europe and Asia • Politically and militarily continued struggle with the Persian Empire • Conflict was detrimental for the both of them. • Byzantium held out to the Arabs and the Islamic World, despite losing territory • “Greek Fire” a potent and flammable combination of oil, sulfure, and lime.
Byzantium capability of defending the inner regions aided them in resisting the Islamic invasion (which eventually happened the hands of The Turkish Empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) • Byzantine Empire was a important to trade with commercial links to Western Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Islamic World, and China.
Gold Coin Byzantium widely used currency in Mediterranean Basin. • Large Cultural influence • Transmitted classical heritage to Christian West • Had impact on scientists, philosophers, theologians and others. • Religion Spread (culture) among Slavic People
Christianity and literacy was brought due to a steady military presence which brought many of the Balkin Slavic People
Conversion of Russia • Most significant expansion of Orthodox Christianity occurred among Slavic • People in the now Ukraine • KievenRus • Development stimulated by trade • Society of trade, Freedman, privaleged, people, and Commoners
Religion reflected regions diversity • Small numbers of Christians, Jews, and Muslims too • Late 10th centaury grown interaction between Rus and larger world prompted
Prince Vlademeir of Keiv to affiliate with one of larger religions in area • Eastern Orthodox Christianity went to Rus • Deep root among Russions
Provided • Unified Identity • Religious Legitimacy