This one page reading plus one page of questions gives an overview of the Byzantine Empire. It traces its original split from Rome, looks at the culture of Byzantium, the city of Constantinople and its decline. It is designed for middle school or high school students. The reading is visually appealing and broken into chunks. It can be used for classwork, homework, research or as a platform for projects. Questions are content based and designed to target essential content acquisition. If interested in similar readings on the Byzantine Empire, check other offerings by this author. A set of 7 readings is available as a Byzantine unit (plus lesson suggestions). Constantine. Constantinople. Byzantium. Greek. Great Schism.