Byzantine Empire

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Byzantine Empire by Mind Map: Byzantine Empire

1. The plague of Justinian

2. The Empire Falls

3. Roman leaders divide the Empire in 395.

4. A new Rome in a new setting

5. In 527 a high-ranking byzantine nobleman named Justinian succed to the throne of the Eastern Empire.

6. Justinian armies won nearly all of Italy and parts of Spain.

7. Byzantine emperors ruled with absolut power. They headed the state and the church.

8. Life in the new Rome

9. Most Byzantines spoke greek.

10. Justinian set up a panel of legal experts. They created the Justinian Code, it consisted of four works:

11. The Code: contained 5000 roman laws.

12. The Digest: quoted and summarized the opinions of Rome's greatest legal thinkers about the laws.

13. The Institutes: textbook that told law students how to use the laws.

14. The Novellae: presented legislation passed after 534.

15. This code served the Bryzantine Empire for 900 years.

16. Justinian rebuilt most parts of the Empire. The emperor's great passion was church building.

17. Creating the Imperial Capital.

18. After Justinian's death the empire suffered countless setbacks.

19. The bubonic plague destroyed a huge percentage of the Byzantine population.

20. Attacks from East and West

21. Avars, Slavs, and Bulgars made frequent invasion on the northern borthers.

22. Persians attacked in the east.

23. Lombards overran Justinian's conquests in the west.

24. Islam and Arab armies attacked the city two times.

25. Russians attempted invasions of the city three times.

26. Byzantines use bribes, diplomacy, political marriage, and military power to keep their enemies at bay.

27. In the 7th century Emperor Heraclius reorganized the empire along military lines. Provinces became themes or military districts.

28. Finally the city fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

29. The Church divides

30. Christianity begun to develop differently in the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.

31. Christianity split between the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church in the East.

32. Byzantine Missionaries convert the Slavs.

33. Missionaries from the Orthodox Church took their form of Chrstianity to the Slavs.

34. Two of the most successful missionaries were Sainth Methodius and Sain Cyril.

35. Cyril and Methodius invented an alphabet for the Slavic languages, so they can read the Bible.