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The beginning of the Byzantine Empire was the establishment of Constantinople in 330 AD, when Constantine the Great founded the city as the center of the Christian world. He and subsequent emperors made Constantinople into one of the most elaborate and civilized cities in the world. Until the Fourth Crusade, Constantinople enjoyed 874 years of growth and stability. Few cities in history have lasted as long without being overrun by an invading army. The word "Byzantine" was not used until well in the 15th century to describe the eastern part of the Roman empire. The monetary history was probably the most important aspect of the success of the empire. Constantine the Great introduced several monetary reforms with one of them being the creation of the gold Solidus at 72 to the Roman pound. This standard lasted throughout with only periodic debasement in economically stressed parts of the empire or during periods of extremely weak leadership.
The Byzantine Empire is the conventional name used to describe the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Its emperors continued the unbroken succession of Roman Emperors, preserving Greco-Roman legal and cultural traditions. The Eastern Roman Empire's evolution from the ancient Roman Empire can be seen as a process beginning when the Emperor Constantine I transferred the capital from Nicomedia in Anatolia to the city of Byzantium, which was renamed New Rome or Constantinople.
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