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Unformatted text preview: • Instructed the Germanic people and gave them new ideals of living and social behavior • People’s thinking shifted from a social or political sense (German, Celt, Roman) to a religious sense Byzantine Empire served as a buffer between Europe and the east • Preserved the philosophical and scientific texts of the ancient world ○ led to the foundation for the study in science and medicine ○ produced Roman Law called the Justinian Code ○ The Growth of The Christian Church Christianity was a syncretic faith = it was absorbed and adopted many of the religious ideas of the eastern Mediterranean world Judaism gave the concept of monotheism, belief in one God, together with the morals and ethics from the Old Testament Scriptures Orphism = belief that the body is the prison of the soul Hellenistic = derived the notion of the superiority of sprits over matter...
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- Fall '08
- Western Roman Empire, World Civilization Outline, eastern Mediterranean world