What if Byzantium kept Italy?
Originally Answered: What if Italy was still part of the Byzantine Empire in 1453? When the Byzantine empire fell it only controlled a little tiny bit of territory: some parts of current Turkey and Greece. If it had been so powerful to control Italy (the whole of Italy) it would not have fallen.
Was the Byzantine Empire Italian?
Byzantine Italy was those parts of the Italian peninsula under the control of the Byzantine empire after the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476). The last Byzantine outpost in Italy, Bari was lost in 1071. Praetorian prefecture of Italy (540/554–584)
What was the Byzantine Empire and why is it important?
The Byzantine Empire was another name for the surviving eastern half of the Roman Empire. As you read in a previous chapter, the weaker western half of the Roman Empire, including the city of Rome, fell to barbarian invaders. What was left of the Roman Empire was ruled by the emperor in Constantinople.
How did emperors control the church in the Byzantine Empire?
In the Byzantine Empire, emperors had power over the church, because they selected the patriarch. Even though Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic are both Christian, they had arguments and even battles against each other. The pope, the spiritual leader in Rome and the Catholics in the West, and the patriarch of Constantinople did not always agree.
Why did Justinian raise taxes on the people of the Byzantine Empire?
The war effort to take back the western part of the empire forced Justinian to raise taxes on the people of the Byzantine Empire. The Roman citizens were angry with Justinian about the high taxes for the war effort, and he was becoming unpopular.
What type of Christianity was practiced in Byzantium?
The type of Christianity practiced in Byzantium was called Eastern Orthodox. Eastern Orthodox Christianity is still practiced today. The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is called the Patriarch of Constantinople. There were also men called bishops in the major cities of the Empire.