Byzantine Empire


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Byzantine Empire

also Eastern Empire
An empire of the eastern Mediterranean region, dating from ad 395 when the Roman Empire was partitioned into eastern and western portions. Its extent varied greatly over the centuries, but its core remained the Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor. The empire collapsed when its capital, Constantinople, fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

Byzantine Empire

n
(Historical Terms) the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, esp after the deposition of the last emperor in Rome (476 ad). It was finally extinguished by the fall of Constantinople, its capital, in 1453. See also Eastern Roman Empire

Byz′antine Em′pire


n.
the Eastern Roman Empire after the fall of the Western Empire in a.d. 476: became extinct after the fall of Constantinople, its capital, in 1453.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Byzantine Empire - a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395Byzantine Empire - a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395
Roman Empire - an empire established by Augustus in 27 BC and divided in AD 395 into the Western Roman Empire and the eastern or Byzantine Empire; at its peak lands in Europe and Africa and Asia were ruled by ancient Rome
Byzantium - an ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks; site of modern Istanbul; in 330 Constantine I rebuilt the city and called it Constantinople and made it his capital
Byzantine - a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire
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Even very clever people cannot tell the exact date at which the Roman Empire came to an end and the Greek or Byzantine Empire, as it is called, began.
For hundred of year the Byzantine Empire stood as a barrier against the Saracen hosts of Asia.
They settled Iceland and Greenland and prematurely discovered America; they established themselves as the ruling aristocracy in Russia, and as the imperial body-guard and chief bulwark of the Byzantine empire at Constantinople; and in the eleventh century they conquered southern Italy and Sicily, whence in the first crusade they pressed on with unabated vigor to Asia Minor.
Leo was a capable and effective emperor, whose long and generally successful reign gave the Byzantine Empire a badly needed opportunity to recover from the political upheavals of the previous era; his victories over the Arabs allowed his successors to undertake offensive operations to regain lost territory for the Empire.
(called Justinian the Great, full Latin name Flavius Anicius Justinianus; 483 - 565) Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (527 - 565) during its most brilliant period.
But first they must deceive the powerful ruler Justinian and the rest of his formidable Byzantine Empire in order to begin their voyage into the unknown.
MUE[currency] (CyHAN)- The 943 th anniversary of the 1071 Malazgirt (Manzikert) victory, a battle between the Byzantine Empire and the Seljuk Turks, is being celebrated with several activities in the eastern province of MuE-'s Malazgirt district on Tuesday.
of London) profiles the Greek seaport during the 14th and early 15th century just before the aged Byzantine Empire fell to Islamic expansion.
Nicholas, and several chapels all show works of the most talented painters who had been taught methods developed during and throughout the Byzantine Empire, which came to an end on 29 May 1453.
His subject is interesting and often gripping: the fall of the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Turks.
British Museum experts say the gold is equivalent to 18 carats, possibly sourced from the Byzantine Empire at Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).
Grivas assumed the 'nom de guerre' Digenis in honour of the Byzantine legend Digenis Akritas, who repelled invaders from the Byzantine Empire during the middle ages.