THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE вЂњByzantium is the New Rome!вЂќ Constantinople Greek Fire Cultural Collisions вЂў Byzantium is a center of cultural collisions in the Hagia Sophia and other places. вЂў Why would this city be fought over for so long? Constantine and his Capital вЂў Constantine became a Christian and stopped the persecution of Christians вЂў He built a new imperial capital at Byzantium and fortified it вЂў The city became known as Constantinople and, by the early 500вЂ™s, it had half a million people living in it The New Rome вЂў Byzantine Empire thought it was the continuation of the Roman Empire. What mindset does this create in Emperors? What cultures influenced Byzantine Civilization? вЂў Greek вЂў Roman вЂў 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 вЂў Take out your picture puzzles. вЂў We will look at them and see if they are completed. вЂў In your group, discuss your pictures. Video about Constantinople вЂў Watch the video, answering the eight questions. вЂў Afterward, answer each question as thoroughly as possible. вЂў 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 вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў 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 вЂў вЂњOne God, One Empire, One Religion.вЂќ вЂў What is Justinian saying in this quote? вЂў What do you think he values according to this quote? Mosaic of Justinian Reasons for JustinianвЂ™s Expansion вЂў This map displays what Justinian tried to accomplish in his reign to restore the Roman Empire. вЂў Why would he desire to conquer? вЂў What do you think Justinian was trying to accomplish through this expansion of the empire? вЂў How do much do you think religion and ancient Roman and Greek thought had on this decision? Assignment вЂў Byzantine Acrostic вЂў Use each letter from the world Byzantium to describe what we have learned in class about this very important city.