In this assignment, you will be gathering information about the Byzantine Empire and it how it has affected us today


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1 Where did the term "Byzantium" originate ?


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2 Who was Justinian ?

3 What was the "corpus juris civilis", why was it important ?





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4 Describe the three periods of the Byzantine empire ?



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5 In what modern day countries was the byzantine empire located?



10 What happened to its size over time ?



11 Using the information you have gathered, and that from class, answer this question in essay form: how does the Byzantine Empire compare to the the present day US society (similarities, differences). Do you think the US society will last as long as the Byzantine empire before it declines (if you think that will ever happen). Why ? Why Not ?