Capital of the Roman Empire was easy to defend. For many years, Constantinople was one of the most prestigious and richest area. The city held over a million people and had a lot of trade. Constantinople had a very advanced engineering system, with sewers, and were much more advanced the Western Europe.
conflict between east and west
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Even though it lasted a while, Justantine reining almost came to an end when a fight broke out. 30000 people died and Constantinople was in ruins. Justantian rebuild the city and expanded. He is most famous creating a systematic body of law. Distrust and divisions broke up the court
Christianity was the foundation of the empire. Orthodox clergy were ranked in form of importance. bishops and patriarchs are at the top. Orthodox Christians also prayed to saints. Churches used a lot of greek art, becuase they liked there architecture
In the west the popes we the powerful figures and in the east The popes claimed supreme religious authority over all Christians. The emperors and patriarchs of the east resisted such claims.