Consequences Of The Byzantine Empire

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The fall of the Roman Empire was undoubtedly a significant event in itself, but what were the long-term consequences for the European system?
Kate Eugenie Mary Pickering
Dr Luke Cooper
Evolution of International Systems
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The Roman Empire, from 27 BC until 476 AD, entailed over four hundred years of rule from its imperial centre at Rome. The Roman Empire was larger than any that had existed before or has done since (Heather, 2006), however, large areas of Europe were still outside of the empire. In 476 AD, Augustus was deposed by Germanic King Odoacer (Fields and Hook, 2006), bringing the Roman Empire to an end. Following the fall of Rome, the Byzantine Empire in the east rose from its imperial centre at Constantinople and western Europe fell into a period of instability known as the ‘Dark Ages’. By 800 AD, the Holy Roman Empire was founded by the crowing of Frankish King Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in order to restore the fallen Roman Empire. This essay argues that the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD had many influences on the European system. Through examining the collapse of Rome through Watson’s ‘Spectrum and Pendulum’ and analysing the legacies of the Roman Empire, this essay will look at how the European system, including the Byzantine Empire, the ‘Dark Ages’ and Medieval Christendom, was influenced by the legacy of the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire utilised a combination of Watson’s forms of rule. Adam Watson was a
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