Mare Maggiore, 500–1500

Charles King

in The Black Sea

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199241613
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601439 | DOI:
Mare Maggiore, 500–1500

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The Byzantine empire, with its capital in Constantinople, was a quintessentially Black Sea power, yet profiting from the empire's own geography proved difficult. Relations with northern barbarians were a constant concern. In time the Byzantines ceded control of the sea to the commercial Mediterranean empires of Venice and Genoa. The Italians helped to revive the trading relations that had flourished under the ancient Greeks.

Keywords: barbarians; Byzantine empire; Constantinople; Genoa; Greeks; Mediterranean; trade; Venice

Chapter.  20458 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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