Reading Notes 6.5-Conflict Between East and West
Why did the Byzantine emperor Leo the third forbid the use of icons in 730?
How did the pope react to Leo's order?
Some Christians in the east
thought that people were worshiping
the icons like they were divine. This
meant if something happened to an
icon people would be extremely upset.
After Leo the third forbid icons, the
pope were mad at him because his
order applied to them even though they
were in Italy. Pope Gregory the third
even excommunicated Leo because of
this act.
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What event in 800 increased tensions between the east and the west?.
The Empress Irene was viewed by Leo as a not
true ruler. Also the Pope needed more support
from a strong leader to help defend the church in
the west. Also, Leo decided to crown
Charlemagne, the king of the Franks, as the holy
Roman Emperor.
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How did the relationship between the Eastern orthodox church and the roman
catholic church change in 1054 C.E.?
In 1054 the patriarch of Constinople, Cerularius, wanted to reassign the
Byzantines in control of the church. He then closed all churches that worshiped
western rites. Pope Leo the ninth was furious. He then sent a cardinal to
Constinople. The cardinal excommunicated Cerularius responded by
excommunicating the cardinal. This separated the east and the west and it
separated the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
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Why was Constantinople ideally located to be the capitol of
the Byzantine Empire?
Constantinople was ideally located to be the capitol of the
Byzantine Empire because it was on a militarily dominant, and
trade rich area. It was militarily dominant because it was a
peninsula, with mountains cutting it off from land attack. It
was a trade rich area because it it had many ports, and was
between two seas.
What were some of Constantinople’s main features?
Some of Constantinople’s main features were man made,
and some natural. Some of Constantinople’s man made
features were the legendary chain wall that defended it from
attackers, Another is the very numerous ports all across the
coast of Constantinople. Some natural features were the
mountains that protected the land side of Constantinople
from attack. Another is the ocean surrounding three sides,
servicing the ports.
What was daily life like in Constantinople?
Constantinople” daily lives varied enormously on who it
was you asked about. The common wealth was
exceedingly poor, and struggled endlessly to survive. The
traders and the nobles were exceedingly rich.
6.4
1.what was the relationship between religion and
government in the Byzantine Empire ?
They were entwined it because religion was very
important to them even the leader of the government
was riligious.
The head of the government was the living
representative of god and jesus christ this
meant that the church and stat6e were
combined into one all powerful body.
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