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The rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire - Leonora Neville


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Most history books will tell you that the Roman Empire fell in the fifth century CE, but this would’ve come as a surprise to the millions who lived in the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages. This Medieval Roman Empire, today called the Byzantine Empire, began when Constantine, the first Christian emperor, moved Rome's capital. Leonora Neville details the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Leonora Neville
  • Director Remus Buznea, Kyriaki Kyriakou
  • Script Editor Dan Kwartler
  • Art Director Remus Buznea, Kyriaki Kyriakou
  • Animator Remus Buznea, Kyriaki Kyriakou
  • Composer Stephen Eugene Larosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen Eugene Larosa
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Fact-Checker Francisco Diez

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