The Byzantine Empire Essay

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The Byzantine empire was a great civilization with many accomplishments. Among them were having beautiful art and literature, their advanced economy, and the development of Eastern Christianity. Some of these were among the most important achievements of all time. Art was an extremely important part of Byzantine culture and daily life. The central focus of most Byzantine artwork was religious. The Italian Renaissance was influenced by their paintings and mosaics. Literature also played a key factor in their daily lives and was extremely important. Greek, the Christian, the Roman, and the Oriental were all culture tied into Byzantine literature. Unfortunately only 2000 to 3000 pieces of literature survived from the Byzantine Empire. Art and literature had roots in things and became roots of others making them very important accomplishments. Another significance achievement of the Byzantine Empire was Eastern Christianity, also called the Eastern Orthodox Church. The most significant difference between Eastern Christianity and Roman Christianity was the refusal to recognize papal authority. It was also different in that it was more mythical and liturgical than the Roman Church. Eastern Christianity was also less unified because of ethnic hostilities in the region. This allowed Arab invasions that began after the death of Muhammad. The Byzantine economy was felt to be the most powerful in the world. Constantinople, the capital of the empire, was the main center of a trading network that extended across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It was also the western end of the Silk Road. Textiles were the most important items of export generating a monopoly controlled by the state. These accomplishments helped the Byzantine Empire become one of the most important empires in history. Because of these accomplishments Constantinople now called Istanbul

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