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The Best Inventions from the Byzantine Empire

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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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  • 1
    258
    81
  • 2
    205
    57
    741 AD
  • 3
    202
    69

    Greek Fire

    674
  • 4
    138
    36

    Counterweight trebuchet

    12th century
  • 5
    144
    44

    Pendentive dome

    563 AD
  • 6
    108
    34

    Ship mill

    537
  • 7
    105
    35
  • 8
    103
    41

    Hand-trebuchet

    965
  • 9
    101
    41

    Pointed arch bridge

    5th century AD
  • 10
    74
    39

    Cross-in-square

    880
  • 11
    88
    55
    8th century
  • 12
    66
    50