Ch. 9 – Civilization in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe
Interpreting a Map: The Byzantine Empire, 9.1
1. What Germanic kingdoms did Justinian destroy?
2. What defensive problems would this larger empire create?
3. If someone seized Egypt, how would it affect the Empire?
Interpreting a Map: The Byzantine Empire 1000-1100, 9.2
1. Why are the borders of the empire during this period easier to defend than the borders on map, 9.1?
2. What happened that would reduce the Byzantine Empire to a minor power?
Interpreting a Map: Kingdoms and Slavic Expansion, 9.3
Identify the Slavic states on the map. (it helps to read surrounding text, pp. 204-206)
What peoples probably played a key role in the rise of Russia? Why?
Why did not the Slavs (Russians) control the area immediately north of the Black Sea?
Photo Essay: Heir to Three Traditions
Orthodox Christianity and the Byzantine Empire were heirs to three traditions: Caesar and
Rome, Christ and Christianity, and Greek civilization. How does their art confirm this belief?
Ch. 9 – Civilization in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe Discussion Questions
1. What is the significance of the Byzantine Empire to the civilization of Europe?
2. Compare and contrast the development of civilization in Eastern and Western Europe.
3. How does Orthodox Christianity differ from Roman Catholicism?
4. Discuss the similarities in Byzantine and Chinese political organization.
5. What are the reasons for the decline of the Byzantine Empire?
6. How did the Byzantine Empire influence the development of Russia?
7. How did Eastern Europe fall behind Western Europe in terms of political development?
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