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How was daily life like in the Byzantine empire?

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March 21, 2011 6:04AM

The Byzantines were a very cultured, advanced, and wealthy civilization throughout most of the Empire's history. Though life was rough and short compared to now, most Byzantine's had it pretty good when you look at how the rest of Europe was doing at the time. Literacy rates were much higher, public baths were still in some use, the government was generally stable, silk was much more widely available, and money poured into the Empire from every corner of the globe. Christianity was an everyday part of society, and the Byzantines took their faith extremely seriously, but maintained a markedly more accepting stance than most others- allowing the Jews to settle in Galata and erect synagogues while also allowing Muslims to build mosques in the capital, Constantinople.