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A Medieval Atlas

Maps of Byzantium

(The Eastern Roman Empire)

When the western Roman Empire dissolved, the Eastern portion survived, its boundaries growing and shrinking as it conquered and lost territory over the centuries. It had a sometimes subtle but always undeniable effect on western Europe throughout the Middle Ages until the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

You can find related materials about the history of the Eastern Roman Empire through the Middle Ages in the Byzantine Studies Subject Index.


Maps of Constantinople
An index of maps that focus on the Empire's capital of Constantinople through the Middle Ages.

Fourth and Later Crusades
From Muir's Historical Atlas, a map of the Eastern Empire and part of Europe in the early thirteenth century, placed online at Paul Halsall's Medieval Sourcebook.

The Germanic Kingdoms and the East Roman Empire in 486
This map of Europe after the "fall of Rome" depicts the distribution of the Germanic tribes and the extent of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire in 486 C.E. It is from the Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1923, and is online here at the Medieval History site.

Maps of the Byzantine Empire
Collection of black and white maps shows the borders of the empire at various points from 476 to 1400, provided by Peter Dykhuis at ByzNet.

Themes of the Eastern Roman Empire
From Muir's Historical Atlas, a map delineating the Byzantine theme system in the 10th century, placed online at Paul Halsall's Medieval Sourcebook.

Maps of South Eastern Europe New!
An index of maps that focus primarily on the Balkan peninsula, but also depict portions of Italy and Byzantium as well as other areas of eastern Europe. They are from the Atlas to Freeman's Historical Geography and are all online here at the Medieval History site.

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About the Medieval Atlas
   The Medieval Atlas is a directory of maps, charts, geographic drawings and illustrations, illuminations, and other cartographic representations of the world in general, and the geography of Europe in particular, during the Middle Ages. Both historical maps and period or "antique" maps are included.
   The directory links to maps on the web as well as to maps right here at the Medieval History site. Many maps are in the public domain and may be downloaded and used freely; however, please check each individual page for copyright notices and any terms of use for the map it displays.
   For more about this atlas, return to the
Medieval Atlas main page.


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