This PowerPoint presentation has definitions, pictures, animations and multimedia aspects on The Byzantine Empire & the beginnings of Russia. It features primary source documents and activities for students to exercise their critical thinking skills and recall the information. Material covered: Byzantine Empire- geography and culture, Justinian, Justinian's law codes, importance of Constantinople, The great schism- with the reasons an impact, iconoclasm, Belisarius, "Greek fire," Russian geography, Byzantine influence on Russia, Ivan the great, Ivan the terrible, and the Jewish migration/diaspora . It also covers the religious importance of the great schism, and the culture surrounding these two regions. In addition, it is common core compatible with built in questioning and reasoning, and it even includes an art history dimension. This is a must have for a serious educator.