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Byzantium and the Barbarian Kingdoms: The Cleavage of East and West
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Questions: In what ways did the Byzantine empire continue the institutions and traditions of Rome? Who were the “barbarians” on Rome’s northern and western frontiers and why did they begin to move into the empire? How did the Visigoths, Franks, and other tribes establish new kingdoms in the west which fused Germanic and Roman elements?
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Introduction - three heirs to Roman Empire: Byzantine Empire, Barbarian Kingdoms Islam
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Map of Roman Empire, showing strategic location of Byzantium (Constantinople)
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I. Byzantine Empire - Constantine transfers capital of Roman Empire to East in 324 - capital: Constantinople (Greek city of Byzantium) - directly inherits political institutions, laws, urban life and religion of Roman Empire - emperor Justinian (r. 527-565) reforms laws (Body of Civil Law), building program, reconquers N. Africa - lasts until 1453
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Hagia Sophia church, consecrated 537
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course HIST 141 taught by Professor Fraser,e during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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