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Byzantine Culture. [Image source: http://www.qub.ac.uk/ibs/skylitzes.jpg]. Byzantine scholars preserved Greek philosophy and literature, Roman political and legal ideas, and Christian theology (religious teachings). [Image source: http://www.hyperbooks.com/images/scribe.jpg].

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byzantine culture
Byzantine Culture

[Image source: http://www.qub.ac.uk/ibs/skylitzes.jpg]

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Byzantine scholars preserved Greek philosophy and literature, Roman political and legal ideas, and Christian theology (religious teachings).

[Image source: http://www.hyperbooks.com/images/scribe.jpg]

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The Byzantines also created new art forms and spread the religion of the Eastern Orthodox Church into eastern Europe.

[Image source: http://wordbytes.org/saints/DailyPrayers/Cyril-Methodius.jpg]

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Although Byzantine society was divided into a hierarchy of social groups, there were few barriers preventing a person moving from one group to another.

[Image source: http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/PLATE10BX.HTML]

the family was the center of social life for most byzantines
The family was the center of social life for most Byzantines.

[Image source: http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/PLATE8AX.HTML]

marriage was supported by the church and government as a sacred institution
Marriage was supported by the Church and government as a sacred institution.

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divorce was difficult to obtain and the church generally forbade more than one remarriage
Divorce was difficult to obtain, and the Church generally forbade more than one remarriage.

[Image source http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/PLATE9DX.HTML]

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Byzantine women were expected to live partly in seclusion, so rooms were set aside in homes and churches expressly for their use.

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some women became well educated and were influential in the government
Some women became well-educatedand were influentialin the government.

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several women governed as regents temporary rulers
Several women governed as regents (temporary rulers).

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a few women even ruled outright as empresses
A few women even ruled outright as empresses.

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http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/Theodora.jpg]

most byzantines made a living through farming herding or working as labourers
Most Byzantines made a living through, farming, herding, or working as labourers.

[Image source: http://courses.washington.edu/drama416/images/byzantine/byzantine4.jpg]

constantinople which was the site of a natural crossroads for trade thrived on commerce
Constantinople, which was the site of a natural crossroads for trade, thrived on commerce.

[Image source: http://www.sbceo.k12.ca.us/~vms/carlton/constantinople5.jpg]

the golden horn was often full of ships bearing cargoes from around the world
The Golden Horn was often full of ships bearing cargoes from around the world.

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http://www.callisto.si.usherb.ca/~croisade/IMAGES/flotte.jpg]

ships loaded with cargo sailed between the mediterranean and black seas
Ships loaded with cargo sailed between the Mediterranean and Black seas.

[Image source: http://www.artsales.com/Ancient%20Ships/Mercha33.gif]

byzantine merchants traded agricultural goods furs and slaves from northern europe
Byzantine merchants traded agricultural goods, furs, andslaves from northern Europe . . .

[Image source: http://www.ucalgary.ca/HIST/tutor/imagemid/hanseatic.gif]

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. . . for cloves and sandalwood from the East Indies, pepper, copper, and gems from India,and Ceylon, and silk from China.

[Image source: http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/silkroad/exhibit/trade/trade_routes.jpg]

the major byzantine industry was weaving silk
The major Byzantine industry was weaving silk.

[Image source: http://www.accd.edu/pac/humaniti/1301_tc/xornelas/Mvc-006l.jpg]

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Some Eastern Orthodox monks smuggled silkworm eggs out of China inside of hollow bamboo canes and brought them to Constantinople.

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