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Hawgnsincebirth55
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Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Obviously it is from the ancient Roman Empire but it seems mostly Greek in culture. Anyone know more about this?


RockChalkTiger
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Roman


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Slagathor
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
I’ve never been more disappointed to click on a thread and not be met with a dad joke.


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HempHead
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Por que no los dos?


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The Boat
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Holy Roman Empire

The First Reich


LoneStarRanger
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Spoke Greek but called themselves Roman (because they were the eastern empire). It was heavily a Hellenic culture

Historians like John Julius Norwich like to separate the Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantine based on when the Hellenic tendencies and identity superseded the Roman (see Iconoclasm). Also another qualification is when the Byzantines finally lost their reconquered Italian holdings and began to face the Arabs and Turks (900 AD to 1453 AD)

The Byzantines never used the word/name "Byzantine". It is a modern construct for historical purposes
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Lakeboy7
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Roman, but more Greek tendencies than Rome in Italy.

Thats actually a good question.


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BowlJackson
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Turkish


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Huey Lewis
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Neither. It was Byzantine.


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Ancient Astronaut
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Greek


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brett randall
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Google is your friend.


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EveryoneGetsATrophy
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
They were Moopes.


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Jim Rockford
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
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Holy Roman Empire


Was neither holy nor Roman. Discuss among yourselves.


NorCali
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Is this Age of Empires related?


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crash1211
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Both. I think they embraced a lot of the Greek culture.


Woodreaux
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
The city was a lot closer to the Hellanic than Latin heartlands; obviously the Romans held it for a while, and was part of Empire. However, the Empire was partitioned in various scopes all the back the Triumvates. The city's locale was also peopled by non-Hellanic folks: Thracians and the Iconian sections of Anatolya. There were other migration waves as well that altered the demographics.

As Rome was sacked, the "Western Roman Empire" collapsed, the Byzantium seemed like a good site to relocate the capitol. In reality: it was mostly Hellanic/Caucasus types there anyway, but it was the Romans who regained them access to that region (Alexander had been through not that long ago). It made sense politically for many people to say "the Roman Empire wasn't dead, it just moved to the east... away from uh, Rome".

The continuity of the empire is possible because of the Romans considered them as inherently civilized as they were and their cultures were similar enough for them to be compatible. Were they Greek or Roman? I look at the dynasties running that regime; those weren't Latin names.

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RollTide1987
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Fun fact...Rome hadn't been the capital of the Roman Empire since the year 286 when Diocletian moved it to Milan. That remained the capital of the Western Roman Empire until its collapse.



crazycubes
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
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Obviously it is from the ancient Roman Empire


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Bench McElroy
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
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Was neither holy nor Roman. Discuss among yourselves.


They weren’t an empire either.


KiwiHead
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re: Was the Byzantine empire Greek or Roman?
Actually by the time Attila runs rampant through Western Europe, the capitol was in Ravenna.

Byzantium was chosen when Constantine ascended to be emperor around 310 -315. He realizes that the empire had gotten too large for one man to effectively govern. Constantine was not from Rome so he identified mote with the East.

Byzantium was strategically important because it was where Europe and Asia Minor come close.


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