WHI.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the Byzantine Empire and Russia from about 300 to 1000 A.D. (C.E.) by explaining the establishment of Constantinople as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire; identifying Justinian and his contributions, including the codification of Roman law, and describing the expansion of the Byzantine Empire and economy; characterizing Byzantine art and architecture and the preservation of Greek and Roman traditions; explaining disputes that led to the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church; mapping and assessing the impact of Byzantine influence and trade on Russia and Eastern Europe.

Students will be learning about the characteristics of the Eastern Roman Empire, which became the Byzantine Empire. We will discuss the accomplishments of the empire as well as its culture, spread and legacy. Daily topics will be as follows:

- Review of Constantine

- Geography of Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul

– Intro to the Byzantine Empire, compare/contrast with the Western Roman Empire

– Justinian and the beginnings of the Orthodox Church

– The split from the Roman church (The Great Schism), influence and spread into Kievan Rus

– Early Russia and the impact of the Byzantine Empire