His125 Week 5


  Module 5 Homework Assignment

  HIS125: World Civilization 1

  Ian S. Jensen

  Allied American University

  Instructor: Susan Harmon

  01 September 2013

  Author Note

This paper was prepared for HIS 125, Module 5 Homework Assignment taught by Instructor Susan Harmon.

  Homework Assignment 5

  HIS 125: World Civilization  

Section I: Rome's Three Heirs: The Byzantine, Islamic, and Early-Medieval Western Worlds

  1. Why is it difficult to date the beginning of the Byzantine Empire?  What is the justification for choosing the accession of the emperor Heraclius as a starting point?
          It is hard to pinpoint the exact date that the Byantine Empire began because it was the uninterrupted successor to the Roman Empire (World Civilization 364). There is much conjecture about the different beginnings, ranging from discussions that “Byzantine “ characteristics emerged in Roman history because of the easternizing policies of Diocletian (World Civilization 364), to the argument that the Byzantine Empire rose to prominence when Constantine moved his capital from Rome to Constantinople. Both of these arguments have valid points; however both Diocletian and Constantine continued to rule a primarily Latin speaking Roman Empire.
      A justification can be made that after 610 C.E. with the accession of the Emperor Heraclius a new dynasty emerged, that spoke Greek and maintained a fully “Byazantine” policy was the beginning of the Byzantine Empire.

  2. Why does Charlemagne rank as one of the most important rulers of the medieval period?

          Carolus Magnus or Charlemagne (776-814) was the Ruler of the Frankish realm, his series of highly successful campaigns across large portions Europe led to the installation of the best form of government that Europe had seen since the Romans (World Civilization 398). Because illiteracy...