The Roman Empire Divided in 294. Barbarians invaded the Roman Empire. The Eastern Empire. Germanic invaders took over Western Europe. I mperial, or ruling, power shifted to the Byzantine Empire (the eastern part of the Roman Empire).
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Because of it’s geography, Constantinople was easy to defend. Also, it was a center for trade and it was part of the Silk Road.
emperor in 527 A.D.
He married Theodora and she helped him rule the Byzantine Empire.
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Justinian was an ambitious builder. He built the magnificentchurch of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom). It was constructed in just five years (53237).
The empire was at its height In 565, during Justinian’s reign. It included most of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.