51 thoughts on “Justinian and the Byzantine Empire | World History | Khan Academy

  1. When the Islamic Empire came, all these empires were destroyed
    Islamic empires were the strongest
    And has continued to dominate the world for 800 years
    While European peoples and others were in the dark

  2. The Roman Empire never divided officially. Read the codex Theodosianus and novels!
    The Roman Empire did not have it's last hurrah with Justinian I. The Roman Empire had another golden age starting in the mid-9th to the middle 11th c. And also a cultural golden age in the 12th c..
    Constantinople was not renamed Istanbul when the Ottoman Turks conquered the city. The official name change did not take place until 1928, with Atatürk's Turkish Republic.

  3. Emperor Justinian certainly saved the Eastern Roman Empire, although his reconquest of most of the lost territories didn't last long. The building of the Basilica of Haghia Sophia, the codification of Roman Law, the establishment of the silk industry (outside of the overzealous Chinese Empire) were his legacy for History onwards. My deepest respects for such a controversial and brilliant man!

  4. @6:53,
    Prior to the Code of Justinian, the Roman Empire often had competing legal codes that people would pick and choose to follow. It wasn't just contradictory laws, it was competing sets of laws.

  5. now ive read about the climate change which forced peoples downwards into europe from the steppes etc. but this map (alongside another ive seen on gdp estimates of roman empire circa 200 ad) makes my IPE trained mind feel the east west split quite obviously f****ed the western half. so here the eastern gets thr trade with the persians, major trade routes through bosphorous and cairo to red sea to whole of asia and e africa and india. West, on the other hand get iberia and britain?, nowhere to go tradewise. rome and italy were v wealthy via colonial haul as opposed to strategic placing (anymore) and now in the poor half, weakening year by year and full of plunderable wealth. that is, until huge sources of wealth were descovered westwards a thousand years later (americas)….. interested in any historians view on this observation and its role in decline and fall…

  6. well Constantinople was renamed to Istambul when the first Turkish republic was born…

    When Ottomans were in charge it was still Constantinople

  7. A very common mistake in this video:
    Constantinople officially became Istanbul AFTER the founding of the Republic of Turkey. Istanbul was never the official name of the city during the Ottoman period, it was Konstantiniyye, "Constantinople" in Ottoman Turkish.

  8. While Justinian certaintly was a clever and ingenious emperor, most of his military conquests can only be attributed to the genius of another man; that of general Belisarius. Justinian, conservative in his spending of limited resources, almost always left Belisarius with the mininum amount of manpower and finances to deal with situations. This is understandable, as reckless spending and betting too much on a single endevour could send the Empire crashing down. Nevertheless, this general (whom some scholars argue should be classified among such names as Hannibal and Caesar) succeeded in almost every endeavor he was sent upon, and did so with unyielding loyalty despite grave slights from Justinians side. I am somewhat baffled that a video about Justinian does not even once mention Belisarius' name, as without this man, Justinian's legacy would be non-existent.

  9. Sofia is a name in Greek and a Saint to the orthodox church
    Justinian named the church Sofia to honor the Saint
    (she is a female)

  10. Constantinopole in Greek means the city of Constantine, and even the name Istanbul from the turks comes from the Greek phrase : Εις την Πόλη (eis tin poli) wich means into the City (City with a capital C means Constantinopole).

  11. The KHAN academy does not understand the forces behind the NIKE-uprising. Justinian was a Christian-socialist emperor, who wanted to humanize the old Roman laws. Justinian was supported by the lower classes, united within the BLUE-party. The uprising was lead by the conservative aristocracy, united within the GREEN-party (the colour of paradise for brave warriors). The Greens wanted a return to the old Roman laws and an emperor of noble birth. The massacre of the rebels, among many senatores, and later punishments of the Greens led tot the accumulation of enormous wealth in the hands of the emperor. With reconquering the West and building the Hagia Sophia Justinian would become an extremely succesfull nationalsocialist leader. But GOD was not on his side…….

  12. The map you are using is a present one, as it shows the Aral Sea dried out as it is today. During Roman times it was probably much larger, as it started to shrink in the 1960s.

  13. If there had been no plague and no Muhammed, it’s very possible the Empire I’m time could take back much of the West!

  14. 2:15 to 2:37 basically everything said is completely wrong
    -It survived for over 1,000+ years, not almost a thousand years
    -It most certainly was not a irrelevant power for most of that time, yes, it had less territory, but even past the ad 1,000 during the reign of Basil II, the empire was still the most prosperous of the known world, besides possibly china
    -No, Justinian was not the empires last hoorah, for that he competes with Basil II and the empire during 1176.

    This whole video feels like you know nothing about the subject and really don't care about it.

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