Byzantine Empire Essay

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Kieara Jones The Byzantine Empire The Byzantine Empire played a very important role throughout history in preserving the ancient Greco- Roman culture, and helping transfer the rich Greco-Roman culture to other peoples and eras. Many of the same cultural aspects of the Greco-Roman culture were continued in the Byzantine Empire and were spread throughout others through the use of language, literature, missionaries, and civil laws. The Byzantine Empire first began when Constantine established a “new Rome” and capital city known as, Constantinople. The Byzantine Empire’s culture was strongly backed by their beliefs as being a single Roman Empire, and the capital of Constantinople being the second Rome. The Byzantine Empire succeeded the Roman Empire, and was established as the Eastern, Greek-speaking part of the Mediterranean region, believing that they were God’s chosen people. The Byzantine Empire helped to greatly preserve and transfer the culture of the Greco-Roman Empire. The Byzantine people generally spoke Greek. In school systems, they offered a primary education in the basics of reading and writing based on Greek and Roman literature and philosophies, but often many times Greek literature and philosophy was more preferred to Roman literature and philosophy. Therefore initiating Byzantine literature to be written in Greek. Byzantine culture also preserved the entertainment of the Greco-Romans. Similar to the many forms of outings and attractions experienced by the Roman culture, the Byzantine people partook in some of the same. The Hippodrome, was an ancient Greek term for the stadium used for horse racing and chariot racing. This form of entertainment was very popular throughout the Roman culture, and transcended to the Byzantine Empire. The largest Hippodrome was in Constantinople, and was known solely as the Hippodrome. The Byzantine Empire

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