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Byzantine Empire
A look at the origins of the first Christian empire in 330 A.D. including politics, culture, law and its fall in the 15th century.
# 20023 | 1,350 words | 6 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 11, 2003 in History (European)


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"The title of a book by Enno Franzius indicates the importance of the political structure of the Byzantine Empire for the way in which it influenced the development of other nations, notably those of Eastern Europe in areas which came under its purview. That title was History of the Byzantine Empire: Mother of Nations. As the "mother of nations," Byzantium served as the source of many social and political ideas that would be taken over by other geographic regions and by new nations developing out of the Byzantine world as its centralized power disintegrated. As Franzius notes, however, there never was a Byzantine Empire by title. Rather, this was the roman Empire, descended from a state existing previously, with the basic ideal of governance derived from Julius Caesar, and whose title Emperor expressed the unlimited nature of his authority. As the Empire..."

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