All Roads Lead To Byzantium Essay

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Byzantium was located in and around present day Turkey and Greece. “In 330 A.D., the first Christian ruler of the Roman empire, Constantine the Great, transferred the imperial capital from Rome to the ancient city of Byzantine, renaming it Constantinople.” This city would come to be known as Byzantium. Because Byzantium was located within the roman empire it had access to all the trade routes that Rome had created. Byzantium’s location impacted it’s history because it was centrally located on the trade routes of Europe, Africa, and Asia and was near many powerful territories and empires.

The Byzantine empire was located on many important trade routes. This gave them a lot of options for trade items such as greek oil, timber, exotic souvenirs, silk, and spices. The trade routes also allowed the Byzantine to travel to countries such as and expand their religion through crusades. “Society of that time went on religious voyages, pilgrimages, traveling east or west seeking holy cities, relics, hoping to be closer to God.  Many people traveled for holy days, for the celebration of Easter in Rome,  or to visit sanctuaries.” These trade routes contributed to Byzantium’s history because they allowed the people to trade and become wealthy, thus the city gained strength and could last a long time even with the numerous battles it faced and the Bubonic plague that wiped out hundreds of thousands across the persian and Byzantine empires.

The Byzantium empire’s proximity to Rome and other powerful territories had a huge effect on it’s history. 2: “The Roman Empire's most important territory existed in the eastern Mediterranean....

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