Justinian. Constantinople, Eastern Church, End of Byzantine empire
Justinian was born in A.D 482. He became emperor in A.D 527. Justinian was a dedicated christian actively involved in issues of faith.
In Constantinople lived 500,000 people. The people consumed grain imported from Egypt and water piped in from more than 70 miles away. Constantinople is surrounded by the sea on three sides.
The Eastern Church was led by Patriarch. The holy spirit comes from the father. The church banned and destroyed icons.
Constantinople reflected everything that was glorious in ancient Rome. Constantinople was a center of cultural diversity becasue it was a center of trade. The city's people would frequently cram into a huge Hippodrome, which was almost 1,500 feet long.
Justinian's wife was Theodora, she was bright and energetic. Justinian reformed the Byzantine government to imrove efficiency. Theodora was inspiredby Justinian, so she stayed and ordered the army to crush the rebellion.
The Byzantine empire ended in A.D 1453, because the Turks launched a final assualt, which broke the city's walls and killed the last Byzantine emperor, because he ran into the invading army. The empire was weak from invasions, plagues, and bankrupcy.