Basics on the Byzantine Empire

“The Byzantine Empire was an expansive landmass that historians, archeologists, demographers, and cartographers alike are enamored with. Born as a Roman colony named Byzantium, it would undergo a name change to Constantinople in 330 CE by Constantine I. What made the city of Constantinople so valuable was its location between Europe and Asia. When overlaid with the modern geopolitical map, the Empire covered Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey to name a few. While the Empire grew and shrank its boundaries with time, trade was its lifeblood due to its location, which is now known as the city of Istanbul.”

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