Who was the greatest Byzantine emperor

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76 The Eastern Roman Empire of the Byzantines After the fall of the Western Roman Empire (AD 476), the eastern half of the Roman Empire remained as the Byzantine Empire for almost 1,000 years. Its capital was Constantinople *. Byzantium - Constantinople Constantinople was founded by the Roman emperor Constantine as "New Rome" (330 AD). For centuries it was the cultural and economic center of the eastern Mediterranean. This city was previously called Byzantium *. The location at the intersection of the land route between Europe and Asia and the sea route from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea was particularly advantageous. It promoted trade between these continents and the countries around the Mediterranean. That in turn was an important prerequisite for the development and wealth of the city. A superior Byzantine art and culture developed. Greek was still used as the language in these areas. Describe the picture at the top left and compare it with the picture at the top right on p. 77. Work out the features by which you can recognize the emperor or the empress. Work according to M2 Eastern center of Christianity Constantinople with its approximately 3,000 churches was the eastern center of Christianity. For a long time the largest church in Christendom, Hagia Sophia *, stood in Constantinople. It was built in the 6th century. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian with entourage: Detail from a mosaic in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna (choir mosaic, detail, 6th century) Istanbul - the former Constantinople: The originally Christian churches were converted into mosques and provided with minarets. Hagia Sophia (in the picture on the right) was the largest church in Christianity until the 15th century. After the conquest in 1453, it was transformed into a mosque with four minarets. (Photo 2009) For testing purposes only - property of the publisher öbv

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