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Comparison of Byzantine Empire and Ancient Rome

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Comparison of Byzantine Empire and Ancient Rome

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Though both had similar roots, they both took these similar bases & formed it into their own way. Both the Byzantine Empire and Ancient Roman have similar aspects, but each one made it unique. To better understand the similarities and differences of the Byzantine Empire and Ancient Romans one must look at each civilization’s cultural ideas, religion, & dependence on lower class.

The Byzantine Empire and Ancient Romans’ cultural ideas, religion, & dependence on lower class portray commonalities between these two civilizations. Both the Byzantine Empire and Ancient Romans had Roman influences which affected their culture. This is because after the collapse of the Roman Empire in 4th century, the build of the Byzantine Empire took on a life of its own from it. This particularly from the reign of the emperor Justinian and onward because he had given positive contributions to the empire by rebuilding Constantinople, which were ravaged by earlier riots against high taxes, & adding some Roman ideas like a systemized Roman legal code, the Justinian code, & Roman architecture. Both the Byzantine Empire and Ancient Romans’ religion were similar as well. They both had had people that believed in religions that were connected to Christianity. They both also had the domed buildings, the elaboration of powerful and richly colored mosaics, & a tradition of icon painting. In the showing of this the Byzantine shows artistic ideas in their architecture as did the Roman’s with their dominant aesthetic works in their architecture. Both the Byzantine Empire and Ancient Romans’ dependence on lower classes have likenesses as well. They both relied on the lower class to do the laborious work for them. These people in both classes cultivated their land hoping to improve their families’ fortune. These relationships of common aspects show that even though they are different times, they possess some common areas.

However, even though the Byzantine Empire and Ancient...