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Christianised Roman Empire

By this we mean:
  1. The Western Roman Empire from Constantine I to Romulus Augustulus
  2. The Eastern Roman Empire from Constantine I to Constantine XI (the "Byzantine" Empire)
  3. Certain independent states, such as the Despotate of Epirus, which shared the culture of the Eastern Empire and viewed themselves as extensions of it.
We exclude other states which, although they may have considered themselves to be spiritually "the Roman Empire", nevertheless in secular terms represent distinct civilisations less deeply rooted in classical Hellenism, e.g the Frankish Roman Empire or the Russian Empire. See also Pre-Constantinian Roman Empire for pagan times.


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