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Byzantine History

Can you name these facts about the history of the Byzantine Empire?
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Last updated: January 6, 2015
First submittedJanuary 5, 2015
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The Byzantine empire was an offshoot of this empire
Roman Empire
Capital city of the Byzantine Empire
Constantinople
Name of that city before 330 AD
Byzantium
Official state religion (after 380 AD)
Christianity
Primary language of the Byzantine Empire
Greek
Hunnish invader who the Byzantines battled and paid tribute to
Atilla
Ancient trade route between China and the Byzantine Empire
Silk Road
"Great" emperor who reconquered Italy and reformed the legal code
Justinian
Powerful wife of the above. A former actress and prostitute
Theodora
30,000 died in the Nika riots, sparked by dueling fans of this sport
Chariot Races
World's largest cathedral for over 900 years
Hagia Sophia
Free wheat distribution ceased after the Arabs conquered this province
Egypt
This napalm-like substance, a state secret, helped win naval battles
Greek Fire
At times, these religious devotional images were banned
Icons
Name for the split of the Catholic and Orthodox church in 1054
Great Schism
Eastern Orthodox version of the Pope
Ecumenical Patriarch
The Latin Empire was established after this "Holy War", in 1204
Fourth Crusade
Italian city-state who seized many territories from the Byzantines in that conflict
Venice
Empire that finally conquered the Byzantines in 1453
Ottoman Turks
In the English language, the word "Byzantine" refers to something that is overly ...
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level 66
Jan 5, 2015
great quiz!
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level ∞
Jan 5, 2015
Sorry if this quiz is a little obscure for the front page. I have found the Byzantine Empire to be fascinating ever since I read Belisarius by Robert Graves.
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level 68
Aug 2, 2015
I enjoyed it very much...& if you like the Byzantine Empire & like historical fantasy, you might like Guy Gavriel Kay's The Sarantine Mosaic (Sailing to Sarantium & Lord of Emperors).
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level 74
Nov 11, 2015
Agree with anyone who enjoys the writing of Guy Gavriel Kay. The Sarantine Mosaic books are my favourite of all of them.
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level 77
Aug 2, 2015
There should be more quizzes like this on the front page. Why underestimate the people who come to this site? Challenging and obscure quizzes can be fun, too. They don't all have to be mindless and easy. And besides, not everyone's area of knowledge is the same; for example, this quiz, for me, was way easier than trying to name top footballers or baseball record holders. There are four quizzes posted every day. There is plenty of room for this and other quizzes like it.
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level 77
Aug 2, 2015
Absolutely correct. Challenge us, Quizmaster!
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level 39
Aug 2, 2015
Agreed! This time period is my best subject.
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level 26
Aug 3, 2015
16/20, way better than I would have gotten on a sports quiz. Bring on the history trivia, Quizmaster!
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level 76
Dec 15, 2015
Not at all. Enjoyed it very much Quizmaster!
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level 69
Mar 2, 2016
Please, put more quizzes like this in the front page. More tests about useful real knowledge and less trivia about ephemeral pop idols.
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level 69
Mar 2, 2016
BTW, it seems unfair that Justinian and Theodora get the credit, but Belisarius is omitted.
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level ∞
Mar 3, 2016
I put this quiz up because it's an interesting topic to me. And it seems like people like the quiz, which is good. Unfortunately, it has only been taken 3,772 times so far. We'd go out of business pretty quick if that was average for our featured quizzes.
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level 76
Aug 3, 2018
History is always good.
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level 71
Apr 9, 2019
This quiz was far less obscure than all the quizzes about American football or basketball.
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level 83
Jan 5, 2015
Overly complicated? elaborate?
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level 72
Jan 6, 2015
Wouldn't elaborating just overly complicate things?
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level 56
Mar 17, 2015
*rolls eyes*
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level ∞
Jan 6, 2015
Complicated was supposed to work. It will now.
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level 58
Aug 4, 2015
ornate
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level 41
Jun 26, 2015
Excellent quiz 15/20
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level 59
Aug 2, 2015
"Can you name these facts about the history of the Byzantine Empire? Probably not, haha." Is that click bait? Half the answers are what everyone should know. I got 18/20. I can't complain about the quiz itself though, adequate questions and all that.
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level 56
Aug 2, 2015
got 9. didnt think to put christianity for the religion, kept trying greek orthodox, roman orthodox, roman catholic (i have no idea if these are accurate though).
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level 78
Aug 2, 2015
The Orthodox and Catholic Churches didn't exist at that time. Around 390, it's logical to just say "christianity", though you could talk of Nicenes and Arians.
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level 77
Aug 2, 2015
Easy!! Only missed "icon."
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level 69
Aug 2, 2015
"Statues" or "Images" for icons?
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level 70
Jul 11, 2018
More to the point, why doesn't the quiz accept 'ikon'?
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level 68
Aug 2, 2015
Nice quiz! I got 18. The Byzantine Empire is fascinating to me.
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level 77
Aug 2, 2015
Good quiz, although I'm smacking my forehead after just typing "crusade" and not even thinking about needing to specify which one.
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level 64
Aug 3, 2015
I literally typed First, Second and Third Crusade and gave up thinking I was on the wrong track.
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level 58
Aug 4, 2015
Exactly what I did too. I was most annoyed to find that word "Fourth" in the answer.
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level 70
Aug 2, 2015
Very good quiz :) 18/20
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level 19
Aug 5, 2015
Pretty sad I forgot Justinian but remembered that his wife Theodora was a prostitute
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level 61
Dec 10, 2016
It's Attila not Atilla.
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level 74
Jan 29, 2017
Attila works though.
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level 66
Sep 4, 2018
It does, but the typo should be removed anyway.
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level 60
Nov 18, 2017
To me they will always be the Eastern Roman Empire!
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level 61
Aug 9, 2019
Could you please accept Venezia?
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level 42
Oct 6, 2019
Haghia Sophia is a standard spelling. Also, the Latin name Sancta Sophia was often used to refer to the building in Western Europe, so you might want to consider using those as answers.
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level 48
Jan 5, 2020
Got a ton of them on guesses. Got 17 but 5 i think were just luck. wow
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