Heavy, very noble Byzantine king chain, 500 x 7 mm, 41 grams, 925 sterling silver plated, 925 Silver stamp
The Byzantine Empire, shortened only Byzantium, or - due to its historical origins - the Eastern Roman Empire or Ostrom was an empire in the eastern Mediterranean. It originated in the course of late antiquity after the so-called division of 395 from the eastern half of the Roman Empire. The kingdom ruled from the capital Constantinople - also called "Byzantium" - during its greatest expansion in the middle of the sixth century, stretching from Italy and the Balkan Peninsula to the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, but was largely confined to Asia Minor and south-eastern Europe since the seventh century. With the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453, the empire ended.