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In the world of the Eastern Roman Empire, the ancient love of philosophical
speculation and disputation now transformed itself into passionate theological
argumentation, popular throughout the Roman East. The Greek Orthodox Church
treasured its vigorous tradition of democracy and the laity felt that
theological questions concerned them directly. In some quarters, inevitably,
discussion was not always well informed, but always zealous, and any new
theological development immediately became a matter of public concern. In
Constantinople as in every eastern city of the empire, one could hear lively
theological talk in the streets and shops, as well as at dinner tables. In the
Eastern Roman Empire, an absolute monarchy, theology in many ways came to absorb
people's passions in much the same way that politics did in the classical world
and in later societies.
Christianity was also to form the strongest cohesive glue that bound the peoples
of the Eastern Roman Empire, regardless of their language and ethnic origin. To
the inhabitants of the Eastern Roman Empire, the words "Romaios" -Roman- and
"Christian" were often synonymous. It is not therefore uncommon to find the
citizens of the Byzantine empire calling themselves "The Christian People", even
though there were other Christian people outside Byzantine boarders. It should
be noted here that words such as "Byzantine Empire", which are taken here to be
synonymous with Eastern Roman Empire, were introduced by French Scholars as late
as the seventeenth century.
With a new capital in Constantinople, the synthesis between Classical and
Christian culture complete, and a new sense of unity and stability, the world of
the Eastern Roman empire, was ready for another thousand years of life in the
Middle ages.

In the foto you see the part of the great Walls...
for more than 1000 years tey difend the civilasation..

SCANED from old paper

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