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The Byzantine Empire was the eastern half of the Roman Empire, which survived for a thousand years after the western half had crumbled into various feudal kingdoms and which finally fell to Ottoman Turkish onslaughts in 1453.
The city of Byzantium grew from an ancient Greek colony founded on the European side of the Bosporus.
In AD 330 the Roman emperor Constantine I, in an attempt to strengthen the empire, refounded Byzantium as Constantinople, the 'New Rome' and capital of the eastern half of the empire.
At his death in 395 Emperor Theodosius I divided the empire between his two sons, and it was never reunited.
Theodosius also made Christianity (Eastern Orthodox) the sole religion of the empire, and Constantinople assumed preeminence over other Christian centers in the East as Rome did in the West.

The fall of Rome to the Ostrogoths in 476 marked the end of the western half of the Roman Empire. The eastern half continued as the Byzantine Empire, with Constantinople as its capital. Constantine the Great wanted this city to be built from scratch as the center of the Christian world. The origional Christianity religion Eastern Orthodox church split into differnent factions, The great schism between Eastern and Western churches was mutually agreed to in 1054.
by CrnaStrela September 01, 2005
 
1.
Highly complicated; intricate and involved
That play was byzantine and I had difficulty following the twists and turns of the plot with its myriad of characters.
by j February 14, 2005
 
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1: Byzantium, the eternal. The unchanging. The centre of the world. Empire that was born of Rome, surpassing even that ancient glory. For over 2000 years the heirs of the Caesars ruled from their capital on the Bosphorus. There were dark days of terror and despair, many lands were lost to foes, but in the end the triumph was their's. An empire that was lost, had been regained. A flame long snuffed out, was rekindled. A glory once tarnished, had been reborn.
The Byzantine Empire was once known as the Later Roman Empire.
by Ianus Hohnus February 21, 2005
 
4.
a way of referencing your package with a historical overtone (the Byzantine Empire, look it up. Read books 'n shit); your business; region, oftentimes that of a man
I totally saw that chick eyeing my Byzantine through the awkwardly noticably telescope.
by Breasticle Festival June 22, 2006
 
5.
Getting head from a girl, you come in her mouth, pull out, and punch her hard in the face. Tell her to clean herself.
Bryan: How was your date?

Micah: Great, I took your mom home and gave her the Byzatine.
by dude April 23, 2004