Contributions of Byzantium Standard 7.1.3 A Unique Culture вЂў Constantinople was a city which combined Greek and Roman ideas with traditions of the East. - Crossroads between Asia and Europe Preserving Roman Law вЂў Thanks to Justinian, the traditions of Roman Law were revived. He created a unified code of law , JustinianвЂ™s Code, that combined individual, local, and imperial law. Art and Architecture вЂў The Hagia Sophia вЂ“ would be the largest church ever built for over 1,000 years вЂў Mosaics вЂ“ typical art form, designed with colored stones and small pieces of glass, covered walls and domes of churches Education and Literature вЂў Government supported schools вЂў Libraries contained manuscripts, or hand-written documents from Greece and Rome. HomerвЂ™s epics and Roman philosophies were saved because of this. Spread of Byzantine Culture вЂў Visitors from Africa, Europe, and Asia were lured to Constantinople. and were amazed by the wealth of the city, as seen in clothing, jewelry, and elaborate ceremonies. вЂў Merchants came for trade, scholars came to study, and artists came to work. As people worked, traded, and traveled, Byzantine ideas, religion, and culture spread throughout the region. Missionary Work вЂў Missionaries, those who are sent to other countries to spread their faith, traveled throughout Eastern Europe in the late 800s. The Eastern Orthodox church was adopted by Slavic kingdoms, such as Russia, Serbia, and Moravia. The Russians Convert вЂў Inspired by Cyril and Methodius, Eastern Orthodox missionaries travel north to what is now Russia and the Ukraine. In 988, the Prince of Russia converts, or changes religions, to the Eastern Orthodox religion. The End of the Byzantine Empire вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў To the west, Germanic tribes regained lands conquered by Justinian The Persians threatened borders on the east, Arabs from the south, Slavs from the north Constantinople held strong until 1204 when Crusaders sacked the city. Civil wars followed, and the Turks, Serbs, Bulgarians rise to power. In 1453, the Ottomans destroy Constantinople for the last time. Constantine XI was the last representative of an unbroken line of emperors stretching back to Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.