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This article discusses the history of Byzantium in Late Antiquity, distinguishing elements from the late antique centuries from those of classical culture. From classical antiquity the Byzantines inherited a language and its written production, a portion of the ancient content and method of education, philosophical speculation (with an emphasis on Plato and Platonism), a general interest in things past (which is secular historiography), and the organization of society by written law. From Late Antiquity it inherited a new religion—Christianity—and the cultural universe produced by the practice of this religion for several centuries.
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