Definitions for byzantine empire
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the Eastern Roman Empire after the fall of the Western Empire in a.d. 476: became extinct after the fall of Constantinople, its capital, in 1453.
Category: Ancient History, Western History, Geography (places)
Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire(noun)
a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395
An ancient Greek-speaking empire of Eastern Europe, capital Constantinople, ended in 1453.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
called also the Eastern, the Lower, or the Greek Empire; dates from 395 A.D., when, by the death of Theodosius, the Roman empire was divided between his two sons, Arcadius and Honorius, the Eastern section falling to the share of the former, who established the seat of his government at Byzantium; the empire included Syria, Asia Minor, Pontus, Egypt in Africa, and Ancient Greece, and it lasted with varied fortune for ten centuries after the accession of Arcadius, till Constantinople was taken by the Turks in 1453.
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