Justinian

History of the Byzantine Empire

  • 330

    Constantine dedicates Constantinople

  • 525

    Justinian takes the Byzantine throne

  • 532

    Construction of the third Hagia Sophia begins

  • Jan 1, 726

    Leo III forbids production and worship of icons

  • Jan 1, 1095

    First Crusade begins

  • Jan 1, 1204

    Fourth Crusade leads to division of Byzantine Empire

  • Jul 25, 1261

    Michael Palaiologos recaptures Constantinople

  • Constantinople is renamed Istanbul

  • Roman Empire splits after death of Theodosius I

  • Charlemagne is crowned Holy Roman Emperor