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Constantinople and Justininan I (ppt)

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THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
“Byzantium is the New Rome!”
Constantinople
Greek Fire
Cultural Collisions
• Byzantium is a center
of cultural collisions in
the Hagia Sophia and
other places.
• Why would this city
be fought over for so
long?
Constantine and his Capital
• Constantine became a
Christian and stopped
the persecution of
Christians
• He built a new imperial
capital at Byzantium and
fortified it
• The city became known
as Constantinople and,
by the early 500’s, it had
half a million people
living in it
The New Rome
•
Byzantine Empire thought it was the
continuation of the Roman Empire.
What mindset does this create in
Emperors?
What cultures influenced Byzantine
Civilization?
• Greek
• Roman
• Christian
Processing Questions
What effect do you think Christianity and
Greek culture had on Byzantine culture?
What are the long-term effects of combining
religion and government? Do you think
they should be combined at all?
Picture Puzzles
• Take out your picture puzzles.
• We will look at them and see if they are
completed.
• In your group, discuss your pictures.
Video about Constantinople
• Watch the video,
answering the eight
questions.
• Afterward, answer each
question as thoroughly as
possible.
• Choose one question you
feel the most comfortable
with sharing and move to
the location of the
question. No more than
five people to a question.
Justinian I
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The first strong ruler in
Byzantium.
He was a peasant and his
wife was a circus
performer. Eventually, he
rose from his humble
conditions.
He desired to rebuild the
Roman Empire to its
original glory, for he
thought that he was still an
emperor of Rome.
Began a Golden Age in
regards to learning,
education, law, and arts.
Justinian I
• “One God, One Empire, One Religion.”
• What is Justinian saying in this quote?
• What do you think he values according to
this quote?
Mosaic of Justinian
Reasons for Justinian’s Expansion
• This map displays what Justinian tried to
accomplish in his reign to restore the Roman
Empire.
• Why would he desire to conquer?
• What do you think Justinian was trying to
accomplish through this expansion of the
empire?
• How do much do you think religion and ancient
Roman and Greek thought had on this decision?
Assignment
• Byzantine Acrostic
• Use each letter from the world Byzantium
to describe what we have learned in class
about this very important city.
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