A Brief Look at the Byzantine Empire

567 WordsFeb 17, 20182 Pages
The Byzantine Empire The Byzantine Empire, seen as a direct continuation of the Roman Empire, lasted approximately from 500-1450 CE. This empire proved to be a valuable city for both the Greeks as well as the Romans. Throughout history, the Aegean Sea, the Bosphorus Strait, and Constantinople all impacted Roman history through constant trade and achievements. Other than trade, perfecting the oil industry, and the construction of aqueducts, conduits, and tunnels was other main achievements. The Aegean Sea, containing more than 2,000 islands was heavily relied on for trade, which in turn brought prosperity to the Byzantine Empire. Trade became their main source of income with trade traveling as far as Spain and Egypt. “Commercial sea trading became their main source of income and, in time, they colonized the various islands of the Aegean archipelago and produced various commodities such as figs, grapes, wine, raisins, honey, wheat, assorted vegetables, and herbs” (Mark 3). This sea played a role in development of Greek culture because it provided transportation for trade. This led to job specialization with occupations such as fishermen and shipbuilders. Because of its location, the earliest civilization in Europe appeared on the coasts and islands of the Aegean Sea. “Because of its strategic and commercial importance, the Bosphorus Strait has played a significant role in the world history” (Kayaalp 9). The Bosphorus Strait was best known for its oil
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