Review Of ' The Fall Of Constantinople ' Essay

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Jeffery Jacob World History [Teacher name here] December 21st, 2016 The Fall of Constantinople Byzantium was one of the many Greek city-states that stratled along the coasts of the Aegean Sea. As an abundant source of Grains, fish, and trade, she played a pivotal role as a landing for Darius ' colossal army against the Greeks; a battleground between Athens and Sparta during the Pelloponessian war; and a prized tributary under Roman supervision. The Roman Emperor, Constantine I, renamed the city after himself and the newly christened Constantinople grew to eclipse Rome as the greatest Capital of Europe. Even after the continent was plunged into the so-called "Dark Ages"; protected by the indominable Theodosian Wall, "The Queen of Cities", as the Greek-speaking Byzantines called her, retained her position as the most prestine City of the early Middle Ages. And became the seat of power for the great Basilieis, Greek plural for Emperors, and the venerated Patriarchs of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Yet the middle ages made life more turbulant for the aged Byzantine Empire as it lost vast swathes of land to the surging Muslim Caliphate; struggled with internal corruption throughout its lifetime; clung desperately to its commercial power in the face of competition from merchant republics such as Genoa and Venice; and embroiled itself into several centuries of conflicts with the Turks over control of Anatolia, modern day Turkey. However, its Religious influence grew
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