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What was the religion of the Byzantine Empire?

Last Updated: 17th February, 2020

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By the late 9th century AD, a majority of what remained of the Byzantine empire identified as Eastern Orthodox, and it became the official religion of the state in both name and spirit.

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Considering this, what religion was practiced in the Byzantine Empire?

The type of Christianity practiced in Byzantium was called Eastern Orthodox. Eastern Orthodox Christianity is still practiced today. The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is called the Patriarch of Constantinople. There were also men called bishops in the major cities of the Empire.

Also, when did Christianity become the official religion of the Byzantine Empire? With the Edict of Thessalonica in 380 AD, Emperor Theodosius I made Nicene Christianity the Empire's state religion.

Regarding this, how did religion play a role in the Byzantine Empire?

The state religion also united people in a common belief. The Eastern Orthodox Church played a central role in daily life. Church Hierarchy Like Roman Catholic clergy, Orthodox clergy were ranked in order of importance. In Byzantine times, the emperor had supreme authority in the Church.

What happened to Christianity during the Byzantine Empire?

Christianity. In the course of the fourth century, the Roman world became increasingly Christian, and the Byzantine Empire was certainly a Christian state. Only the pope in Rome was his superior. After the Great Schism of 1054 the eastern (Orthodox) church separated form the western (Roman Catholic) church.

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