“A rule by law, something we now take for granted, was created here, based upon the Roman codes, in Byzantium, 1500 years ago. A legal system which was to become the basic foundation of all types of laws in most modern governments was the monumental creation of Byzantine jurisprudence during the reign of Emperor Justinian.

“The system of elementary and higher education first developed in Byzantium; it was here, in the fifth century, that the first university appeared.

“The most stable financial system in the history of mankind was created in Byzantium, and existed in a nearly unaltered form for over one thousand years.