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The emperor was a priest-king who was considered the deputy of Jesus Christ on earth and his co-ruler.
The emperor had responsibility for both civil and religious law, in effect, uniting the religious and civil spheres of Byzantine society.
Christianity greatly influenced the artistic life of the Byzantines. Most Byzantine art, architecture, and literature was based on religious themes.
Many of the human subjects in Byzantine art were of saints or figures from the Bible.
As far back as the reign of Heraclius, Muslims had been threatening the empire.
Over time, Islam, pressure from migrating tribes, and internal conflict and corruption brought about the Byzantine Empire’s fall.
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