Want to help your students learn about the Byzantine Empire and its impact on cultural diffusion? The DBQ packet presents students with documents that help them answer the essay questions "The Byzantine Empire had a large influence on other cultures. In your essay answer the following: Why was the Byzantine Empire able to influence other cultures? Explain two ways the Byzantine Empire influenced other cultures?" Students are presented with documents in regards to the silk road and the location of the Byzantine Empire, their impact in terms of religion, architecture, writing and laws. This download includes the documents, a graphic organizer, an essay outline, and step by step directions on how to write the essay.