The Byzantine Empire
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The Reign of Justinian I
The Eastern Orthodox Church
In 532, the Blues and Greens united (despite many conflicts) in a rebellion that destroyed much of Constantinople.
Conflict Between East and West
Justinian law helped to revise outdated and confusing laws. They made improvements, and extendedwomen’s property rights.
The state religion also united people in a common belief. The Eastern Orthodox Church played a central role in daily life. Most people attended church regularly.
After the fall of Rome, popes emerged as power figures in western Europe and claimed supreme religious authority over all Christians. The emperors and patriarchs of the east stood against this.
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