Greeks,Rus,Lombards,Saxons,Persians,Arabians,Germans,Mongols,Huns,Turks, these, and many more people made up the Byzantine Empire. Most of these people were refugees or immigrates from failing Kingdoms or just seeking a better life in Byzantium. The Empire asked service from them in exchange for fertile land and citizenship. You see, the Byzantines did not ask them to change their traditions, faith, or beliefs, this made Byzantium a immigration magnet. The Byzantines eventually converted them, but not forcefully. The difficulty of uniting so many cultures seems impossible, but yet the Byzantines united them into an Empire.
Civilization of the Byzantines part 2: Shepard's of the exiled
The Byzantine Roman Empire was not as Roman as one would think.
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