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The continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, especially after the deposition of the last emperor in Rome (476  AD). It was finally extinguished by the fall of Constantinople, its capital, in 1453. See also Eastern Roman Empire.

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The Eastern Roman Empire 395–1453, with its capital at Constantinople (formerly Byzantium, modern Istanbul). It was the direct continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, and inherited many of its traditions and institutions. Split from the West As the Roman Empire split into East and West, the Byzantine Empire emerged as its successor in the East and gradually transformed into a late medieval Greek state. The process began when Constantine I, the Great, founded Constantinople, or Nova Roma as the new, Christian, capital of the Roman Empire AD 330. The final division between East and West came after the death of Theodosius I 395 and the accession of his elder son, Arcadius, to the throne of the Eastern Empire marked its supremacy. Both parts suffered attacks from "barbarian" tribes, mainly the Goths, Vandals, or Huns, but the East with its gre...    Continue Reading
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