Byzantine Empire

  • 330

    Emporer Constantine

    Emporer Constantine founded the Byzantine Captial, the "New Rome" of eastern Europe, in 330 and named it Constantinople. Before he took it over it was called Byzantium.
  • Period: 330 to Jan 1, 1453

    Byzantine Empire

  • 527


    Justinian wanted to bring up the Byzantine Empire to the glory that was Rome. He rebuilt large buildings and made plans to conquer more land for the empire. He was also know as "the emporer who never sleeps", on account of his extreme effort to make the empire great.
  • 533

    General Belisarius 533-545

    During his military campain from 533-545, Belisarius faught againts the Vandals and the Ostrogoths. He also reconquered Italy, parts of North Africa, and parts of Southern Spain.
  • 537

    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia is one of the great buildings that Emporer Justinian rebuilt. In its lifetime it has been used as a place of whorship for Eastern Orthodox, Islam, and Christianity. It is still standing and is now used as a museum.
  • Jan 1, 600

    Islamic Conquest 600-700

    Arab armies gradually gained territory in the Meiterranean area. The Byzantine Empire stayed strong never giving up their capital or culture.
  • Jan 1, 1025

    Emperor Basil II

    Basil was an emperor who wanted to reclaim lost territory for the Byzantine Empire. He faught with his army mostly against Bulgaria for years until the allies of Bulgaria switched sides and helped the Byzantines win.
  • Jan 1, 1054

    Great Schism

    The Great Schism is the split of western and eastern Christianity.The western church became the Roman Catholic Church and the east beacame the Eastern Orthodox Church. They became rival churches.
  • Jan 1, 1095

    Emperor Alexios I and Pope Urban II

    When the Byzantine Empire was under attack Emperor Alexios I asked Pope Urban II for help. Instead of sending a few men the pope sent an army to help the emipre.
  • Apr 1, 1204

    Fourth Crusade

    The crusaders of Western Europe finally broke through to Constantinople in 1204. Although they gave oaths against it, they destroyed manyimportant buildings, stole, and defaced things around the city. After that the Byzantine Empire was split into different successor states.
  • Jan 1, 1453

    End of Byzantines

    After being weakened for hundreds of years by the Latin crusades, successor states, and the Serbian Empire, Constantinople fell. Ottoman forces pushed through and brought down the Byzantine Empire in about 2 months.