Ch 14: The Byzantine Empire & Culture

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Let us help you review information on the achievements of the Byzantine Empire. Learn about the rise of the empire, Christianity, art and the empire's role as the successor to Rome.

The Byzantine Empire & Culture - Chapter Summary

In these videos, our instructors will present an overview of the Byzantine Empire and its culture. You'll find out about the church and look at art and architectural achievements. Another lesson looks at the empire's demise. When you've finished these lessons, you should be prepared to discuss:

  • History of the Byzantine Empire
  • The characteristics of the Byzantine church
  • The Byzantines as the heirs of Rome
  • Mosaics
  • Architecture and examples of outstanding buildings
  • The empire's gradual decline

These lessons are developed and taught by professionals who know how to make learning fun. You can watch on a computer, tablet or smartphone, whenever you have a few minutes to spare. The lessons all include a clickable timeline that makes it easy to locate key points for review. You can also contact the instructor if you have questions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: The Byzantine Empire & Culture
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The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

1. The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical and cultural timeline of the Byzantine Empire and a bit about its famous emperors, Constantine and Justinian, seeing just how this 'New Rome' was established.

The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

2. The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

In this lesson, we explore the Christian Church in the Byzantine Empire, and the history of the issues the bishop in Constantinople had with other Christian bishops, especially in Rome.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

3. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.

Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

4. Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

This lesson covers Byzantine art and explains the difficulties of imposing artistic periods. Justinian is introduced as the man behind the Byzantine Golden Age. We explore the interesting dynamic between Byzantine imperialism and Christian religion. Finally, we take a brief look at eastern religious icons.

Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

5. Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the development of Byzantine architecture. We examine its relationship to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We then compare Byzantine architecture to early Christian architecture and enumerate the distinctly Byzantine elements of their art and architecture: central-plan, domes and pendentives. Finally, we touch briefly on how these architectural masterpieces were decorated.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

6. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

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