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Time Compass

The Byzantine Empire (#110)

This program recounts the history of the Byzantine Empire, the schism between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Crusades. Episodes featuring the Time Compass review the history of money and the invention of gunpowder. Students learn that Mehmed II was successful in his siege of Constantinople because the Turks had learned about gunpowder from the Chinese. They also learn how Mehmed’s success and the closure of trade routes to the East forced explorers, like Christopher Columbus, to seek alternative routes to the riches of the East. [19 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Based on a series of books, the Time Compass uses innovative and stylized animation to portray significant historical events and transport the viewer through time to ancient civilizations from around the world. From simple inventions to influencing our modern government, these societies have shaped the way we live today.

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