The double-headed eagle serves as the Russian coat-of-arms. Where did it come from?

Russian Legend
old Slavic symbol of good fortune
it was taken over from the Holy Roman Empire
it was taken over from the Byzantine Empire
After the fall of Con­stantino­ple in 1453, Moscow claimed suc­ces­sion to the legacy of the Eastern Roman Empire. Ivan III married Sophia Palaiologi­na, the niece of the last Byzan­tine emperor Con­stan­tine XI, and made the Byzan­tine dou­ble-­head­ed eagle his own, and even­tu­al­ly Russian, coat-of-arm­s. In Byzan­tine her­aldry, the heads rep­re­sent the Emperor having au­thor­i­ty over both secular and re­li­gious matters.

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Russian Legend
old Slavic symbol of good fortune
it was taken over from the Holy Roman Empire
it was taken over from the Byzantine Empire
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