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Inventions The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire  

Wayne Szalinski
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A list of famous Byzantine inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient Byzantine inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of Byzantine inventions includes items like the counterweight trebuchet, grenade, and pedentive dome, as well as modern Byzantine inventions like the flamethrower.

Over the years, historical inventions from Byzantine Empire have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient Byzantine Empire inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by Byzantine inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing.

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Flamethrower is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire

2
122 39
Greek Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Greek Fire 674

3
109 32
Grenade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Grenade 741 AD

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69 23
Pendentive dome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Pendentive dome 563 AD

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Counterweight trebuchet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Counterweight trebuchet 12th century

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71 27
Hand-trebuchet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Hand-trebuchet 965

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60 20
Pointed arch bridge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Pointed arch bridge 5th century AD

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56 19
Hagia Sophia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
garima added Hagia Sophia

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49 22
Ship mill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Ship mill 537

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36 27
Cross-in-square is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Cross-in-square 880

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Little Hagia Sophia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
garima added Little Hagia Sophia

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Icon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire
Icon 8th century