The Byzantine Empire is and Example of the Golden Age

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When a civilization goes through a golden age, they are remembered for their marvelous achievements and extravagance. A golden age occurs when a society goes through a time of peace and harmony. Along with this, the society experiences economic prosperity, political stability, and a series of cultural achievements. The Byzantine Empire, which lasted from 330 A.D. to the mid 1400s, is an excellent example of a golden age. The Byzantine Empire became wealthy by being an economic center of the world, connecting Asia and Europe. Under Emperor Justinian, the capital of Constantinople became a center of wealth, which helped usher in a golden age. The Byzantine Empire was a golden age because it had many architectural achievements as well as political achievements that have had lasting impacts on today’s societies. As the Roman Empire began to fall, it was split into Eastern and Western sections. The emperor at the time, Constantine, declared that the new imperial residence, Byzantium, would become the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. After experiencing economic issues and invasions from the Huns, the Western part of the Roman Empire finally collapsed in 476. With a wealthy, strong, and prosperous capital, the eastern half of the Roman Empire survived and became known as the Byzantine Empire. This wealth and stability allowed for significant achievements to be made. One of these achievements is the Hagia Sophia; a piece of architectural genius. The Hagia Sophia was a
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