Byzantine Civilization and Early Russia

Byzantine Civilization played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural, political, and religious landscape of early Russia. As the eastern extension of the Roman Empire, Byzantium exerted significant influence over the development of Russian society, particularly through the spread of Orthodox Christianity and Byzantine art and architecture. The adoption of Byzantine administrative practices and the Cyrillic alphabet further solidified the ties between the two regions. This interplay between Byzantine culture and early Russia laid the groundwork for the formation of the Russian state and its distinct identity, marking a crucial chapter in the history of both civilizations.