Hist 107 lecture 5


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A. BYZANTINE BASICS: TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE EASTERN ROMAN EMPIRE - The New Rome: Constantine, Byzantium, Constantinople (ca. 300 CE): New Rome was established by Constantine and it becomes the capital of the Roman world. Roman emperors had increasingly spent a great deal of their time near the edges of the Roman world this contributed to the formation of Constantinople as the new capital of the Roman Empire. Ricer, bigger cities more developed tax bases. - Constantinople: military, political, commercial, religious center: Becomes the “New York City” of this time period. - The Mosaics of San Vitale: representing sacred and secular authority: Byzantine examples of imperial art. The one of Justinian has bishops on one side, bureaucrats and warriors with the chi rho on the shield. Mosaic of Empress Theodora has a baptismal fount B. BYZANTIUM AND THE WEST: LAW AND ORDER - Byzantine Law: Codex Justinianus/Digest/Institutes: In the 6 th century the Justinian Code is developed, updated the Theodogian code. The Digest is also produced, 1500 law books that are put together in a
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