Unit 1 The Byzantine Empire

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Unit 1: The Byzantine Empire

Learning Goal:  Students will be able to summarize significant events, figures and contributions of the Byzantine Empire.

Class and homework:

  1. pp. 24    Roots of Judaism                              Due 8-16
  2. pp. 55    Christianity                                       Due 8-17
  3. pp. 83    Byzantine Empire                             Due 8-23
  4. pp. 87    Shaping Eastern Europe                   Due 8-24
  5. Map of the Byzantine Empire’s borders         Due 8-18

Key Terms:

Schism, Crusades, Patriarch, Justinian, Saladin, Pope Innocent III, Icon, Iconoclast, Heresy, Excommunication, Mosaic, Constantine, Byzantium, Constantinople, Justinian Code, Theodora, Greek Fire, Hagia Sophia, Ottoman Turks, Seljuk Turks, The Huns, war-bands, and barbarian

Schism class notes #1                      Schism class notes #2

Additional Resources:

Alexander the Great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LsrkWDCvxg&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9

Roman Empire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPf27gAup9U&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9

Christianity from Judaism to Constantine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG55ErfdaeY&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9

Fall of the Roman Empire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PszVWZNWVA&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9

Differences between the Roman and Byzantine Empires http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrAIPRNwpYo

Fall of Constantinople http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0yNlYqNMdo

History Hanover Project on the Early and Late Medieval Period


Short Video on the Crusades and Religious Divide


Collection of primary sources about the fifth century C.E. and the “fall” of the Roman Empire.


Columbia University- The Mongols in World History-This website general information on the Mongols (e.g., maps, primary documents and video segments).


National Endowment for the Humanities- includes primary sources, interactive modules as well as case studies for this time period.