The Early Christians, Episode 9: Byzantium
The New Rome
The Eastern part of the Empire was more christianized then the West. It survived the Barbarian scourge one thousand years more. Byzantium accomplished the fundamental mission of safeguarding the classic civilization, the roman law and the Greco Christian philosophy. Without this the basis of the Western civilization would have been lost. When Constantinople falls under Turkish Islam (1453), a flourishing Catholic Western Europe had taken the relay.
Publisher: Ignatius Press