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Why was Constantinople both the religious and economic headquarters of the byzantine empire?

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Karen Wright on January 31, 2020

Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. it was not, in reality, the religious or economic in the headquarters of this empire. he also became the only important centre of economic with the loss of Egypt and Syria to the Arabs, and with the subsequent loss of Turkey to the Seljuk Turks. Before this, Alexandria, and Antioch (of Syria) Pergamon, Ephesus and Izmir (on the west coast of Turkey) were also important economic centres. Constantinople became the most important religious centre as it was the imperial capital, and at a time the emperors took over the church of the empire: the Greek and the Eastern Church (which later came to be called Orthodox Church). However, before the loss of Egypt and Syria, the Patriarchs of Alexandria and Antioch were equally important. The term Byzantine Empire has been coined by historians to indicate the eastern part of the Roman Empire after the fall of the western part of the empire. The 'east' continued to exist for nearly 1,000 years after the fall of the "west". The people in question did not even know the term "Byzantine" and called it the Roman Empire. In other words, it was the continuation of the Roman Empire. Constantinople had been appointed by the emperor Constantine the Great as his imperial capital. He redeveloped the city of Byzantium, renamed it after himself (Constantinople means city of Constantine) and inaugurated it in 330. The city remained the imperial seat after Constantine. When the eastern and western parts of the Roman Empire became independent in the year 395, Constantinople became the capital of the eastern part of the Roman Empire.

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