The Importance Of Life In The Byzantine Empire

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Section 2: Constantine chose 800 miles east of Rome was because the site was easy to defend because it was surrounded by three sides of water. Constantinople also stood at the cross roads of Europe and Asia. During the Byzantine Empire, this special location helped in making the city and most of it 's citizens very wealthy. Life in Constantinople was more comfortable than life in Western Europe. Most citizens attended exciting chariot races at a stadium called the Hippodrome. Section 3: One of the greatest Byzantine emperors was Justinian l. Although his reign almost came to an abrupt end, the reign lasted from 527 - 565. Fighting broke out, spilled out onto the streets, and escalated into a full scare rebellion. After all the fighting

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