Early Byzantine (Scope note)
The term refers to the successor state to the Roman empire in the eastern Mediterranean, from the foundation of Constantinople by Constantine the Great in AD 330 until the end of iconoclasm in AD 843. For the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, the term 'Early Byzantine' is not used. Instead, for the period during which Egypt was under Byzantine rule, ie. from circa AD 330 until circa AD 641, the term 'Byzantine' is used.