Compare And Contrast Byzantine Empire And Western Europe

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After the collapse of the Roman Empire in 476 CE, the Roman Empire split into two sections: Eastern Christendom (Byzantium) and Western Europe. There are many similarities and differences in the response of those two areas after the fall of the Roman Empire including the similarity that both regions considered themselves Roman because of the Roman culture that was deeply embedded into those regions; however, there were many differences, such as the wealth and strength of Byzantium compared to Western Europe because of the geography and military of the Eastern Christendom; in addition, another difference would be the church because of the different ways the church was organized and controlled.
A similarity between the response of both Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire is that both regions considered themselves Roman. Rome was a long lasting and widespread empire that deeply influenced the culture of the Romans. When the Roman Empire fell in 476 CE, it split into two regions: Western Europe and Byzantium. The Byzantine Empire wanted to preserve the Roman legacy, naming Constantinople “New Rome” and continuing the style and culture of the …show more content…

Byzantium was extremely urbanized, wealthy, and cosmopolitan. Byzantium had access to the Black sea and the eastern Mediterranean, meaning that they had access to trade routes. Byzantium had a strong army, navy, and merchant marine, as well as good defense surrounding constantinople, which allowed for excellent defense against enemies and invaders. However, for Western Europe, after the fall of the Roman Empire, large-scale centralized rule vanished. In addition, disease and warfare diminished Western Europe’s population by 25 percent. Byzantium grew in power, whereas Western Europe diminished in power until 1000 CE, when Western Europe reconnected with trade

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