Chapter 13 Byzantium

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Chapter 13 Byzantium
What is the significance of the story of the monks smuggling the silkworm eggs to Byzantium?

What elements did Byzantium inherit from the Roman empire that helped it to survive?

Describe the Byzantine form of government.

What was the significance of Justinian's Body of Civil Law?

What were the consequences of the rise of the Islamic empire for Byzantium?

What was the theme system? How did it work? Why was it so successful? What led to its demise?

What economic advantages did the Byzantine empire possess?

Trace the development of the Byzantine church to the schism. What caused the schism?

What kinds of problems eventually led to the constriction and fall of the Byzantine empire?

What was the relationship between the Byzantines and the Slavic people, including the Russians?

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