Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Byzantine Empire: Justinian's Code, Constantinople, and Russia

The Byzantine Empire continued many of the traditions of the Roman Empire. After the Roman EMpire was split into the Latin East and the Greek West, it lasted from 330 to 1204, almost a thousand years. At it's height (if you're counting territory), it controlled the southern coast of the Black Sea, southern coast of the Mediterranean, Italy, and southern coast of Spain under Justinian in 555. He preserved and updated Roman Law, which is the basis for modern constitutional law.

3.1.I.E. The expansion of empires facilitated Trans-Eurasian trade and communication as new peoples were drawn into their conquerors’ economies and trade networks.

3.1.I.E What effects did expansion of empires have on Trans-Eurasian trade and communication?

We did a rule-based summary of the reading on Constantinople. This activity was good for skill building, background on the Byzantine Empire, and a focus on trade cities, which is one of the AP standards. 

Site: Byzantine and Trade
Summarize: Constantinople

Reading: Influences on the Development of Russia Notes: Chart (copy not for students)

The influences on Russia cannot be overlooked. The interaction between the Kiev Rus and Constantinople are a strong example as to how civilizations developed in the Post-Classical Era.

The Byzantine DBQ was a quick analysis that focused on POV. Students had to label each document as either positive or negative before coming up with a potential source that would provide a contrary POV. This was only an analysis exercise for discussion and preparation for the Islam DBQ.

DBQ: Justinian’s Byzantine Empire

We also study Byzantine and China in 3.2 (see below).


How did the Byzantine Empire and China incorporate traditional sources of power and new sources to reconstitute the empires?

"Roman Empire 460 AD" by Tataryn77 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roman_Empire_460_AD.png#mediaviewer/File:Roman_Empire_460_AD.png

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