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The Effect of Christianity in Byzantium After the Western Roman Empire collapsed, the Eastern Roman Empire survived. Due to the spread of Christianity in the Byzantine Empire, emperors had power over the church and state. Women had more rights than their roman ancestors. And the religion also had an impact on language. Constantine, who ruled from 324 to 337 CE, was a pivotal figure in Byzantine because hemade Christianity the official religion. Constantine also gave Christians preferential treatments ingovernment positions. During 482 CE and 565 Ce, the Hogia Sophia was constructed under Justinian’s orders. At the time, it was the largest church built.