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It cannot really be said that they were alike or unlike because they were not spearate empires. Western and Eastern Empre are terms coined by modern historians. West and east were administrative subunits of one empire. Their main purpose was to improve the defences of the vast borders of the empire which suffered attacks all the way from France to Syria. There were co-emrerors who were in charge of one of the two units each and at times there was just one emeror.

The empire is considered to have become split between west and east when Theodosius I (reigned 379 to 395), who ruled the whole empire alone, gave the west and the east to this two sons. This is becasue the the west soon disintergrated under the weight the Germanic invasions and infighting, and was often a puppet of the east.

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