Compare And Contrast Byzantine Empire And Medieval Europe

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nitially, the Roman Empire ruled the Byzantine Empire as well as the society in the other parts of Western Europe. The establishment of the Byzantine Empire occurred after the Roman Empire collapsed. Its establishment was based on the notion that Western Europe was declining. There was a limited contact between these entities as the Byzantine as well as other parts of Europe became diverged. This created a platform on which knowledge was shared. This paper aims at differentiating and matching the medieval society in Europe and Byzantine Empire.

Among the major similarities between Byzantine Empire and the medieval society in Europe was the existence of a dominant religion which was Christianity. At the time of the rule of the Romans, Christianity was legalized by Emperor Constantine. This outlawed torment and punishments for those who acknowledged Christianity as their faith. Through this legalization,
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Manorialism was practiced by the medieval society. This included economies that were based on agriculture and this minimized trade outside Europe. The Byzantine Empire possessed the bridge that linked Europe to the other parts of the globe. This created an avenue for international trade which was transacted via the bridge. This made Byzantine Empire the richest in Europe (Holmes, 2001).

The medieval society in Europe and Byzantine Empire had common similarities that included supreme church leadership although they had varying denominations in Christianity. Although most of their cultural practices were acquired from Greeks, they considered themselves Romans. Their major differences were in the kind of economic and political systems that they had. In Byzantine Empire, there was a centralized system and the Emperor was the sole ruler. In the medieval society in Europe, there were the nobles, kings and the Pope who claimed religious and political
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