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early Middle Ages Byzantine Empire


  • The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul, which had been founded as Byzantium ).
  • As the only stable long-term state in Europe during the Middle Ages, Byzantium isolated Western Europe from newly emerging forces to the East.
  • It just goes on and on, doesn't it?
  • The Byzantine Empire, also called Byzantium, was the eastern half of the Roman Empire, based at Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) that continued on after the western half of the empire collapsed.
  • Christianity was firmly entrenched in Byzantium, and literacy was more widespread there than in any other nation in the middle ages.
  • The Crusaders' raid, in 1204, utterly ruined Constantinople, and from that time till the capture by the Turks it was a feeble BYZANTINE HISTORY 11 wreck.^ Even at the date of the First Crusade, about a century earlier, the Empire had been broken by the campaign of Manzikert ; so that the lively pictures of the First Crusade by Scott and Gibbon present us with the State in an age of decadence."
  • The Byzantine Empire started as the Eastern Roman Empire in 330 CE when Constantine, a Roman emperor, founded Constantinople, the Roman Empire's new capital, on the ancient site of Byzantium.
  • Broadly speaking, the Middle Ages is the period of time in Europe between the end of antiquity in the fifth century and the Renaissance, or rebirth of classical learning, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
  • Beginning in the eleventh century C.E. Christian armies from western Europe began to travel through the Byzantine Empire to reclaim "holy lands" from Turks and Arabs in the Middle East.










































































































early Middle Ages Great Courses


  • The course focuses on the transition from Late Antiquity into the Middle Ages, roughly from the 4th to the 11th centuries, detailing the Fall of the Roman Empires, the splitting into Eastern and Western empires, the rise of the barbarian kingdoms, the Arab conquest of Spai This probably ranks up in the top echelon of Great Courses I've listened to thus far.
  • It covers all of early Western Europes early history from the history of the church, it's dealing with Al Andulusia and the Eastern Roman Empire, daily life, and the piece meal One of my top 3 great courses lectures.
  • Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.
  • I've listened to dozens of Great Courses lecture series and this one is the one I like the most of them all.
  • Course description: This course will survey the political, military, religious, social, economic, and cultural history of Europe in the high and late middle ages, c.
  • A Great Courses customer, by contrast, can choose from a cornucopia of American history not yet divvied up into the fiefdoms of race, gender, and sexual orientation, with multiple offerings in the American Revolution, the constitutional period, the Civil War, the Bill of Rights, and the intellectual influences on the country’s founding.
  • History of Western Thought, 500-1300 : This course will help you to learn more about intellectual traditions from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages.
  • The Great Courses are uniquely crafted for lifelong learners like you, with engaging, immersive learning experiences you can’t get in a lecture hall.







































































































































































































































































































































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