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The immortal emperor: what happened to Constantine XI Palaeologus?

For any Byzantinist, today is one of the most important historical anniversaries there is. Five hundred and sixty-one years ago today, on May 29, 1453, the Byzantine capital Constantinople fell … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Eunuchs in Theoderic’s Italy

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
Hic requiescit in pace vir s[u]bl[imis] Seda ignucus et cubicularius regis Theoderici..” ? The image above is taken from the Sarcophagus of Seda the Eunuch from Capella…

May 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Our Great Father is Gone: the death of Constantine I.

I was asked to write this post by Robert Horvat, curator of the great History of the Byzantine Empire blog (and the If It Happened Yesterday It’s History blog). It … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

What’s a Byzantine? The problem of what to call an empire.

You may know that in addition to this blog and my “normal” Twitter account, I also run the dedicated history account CryForByzantium. I started that account in 2009 to tweet … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 7 Comments

Constantine The Builder !

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Painting showing a cutaway view of Constantine’s Old St.Peter’s Basilica as it possibly looked in the fourth century. Source Wikipedia Commons)…

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Saint or Sinner ?

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Orthodox Bulgarian icon of Constantine and St. Helena. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image by Brose.…

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Zombies of Byzantium” reviewed on Zombipedia!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on my book Zombies of Byzantium, and as I’m gearing up for the release of my new book Zombie Rebellion, this is a … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Another Byzantine cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey.

This amazing medieval church, dating from the 10th century, is carved from stone in Cappadocia, an ancient Byzantine province. The church is known in Turkish as “Üzümlü Kilise,” or the … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 16: The Harbaville Triptych.

This object is one of the most fabulous treasures of Byzantine art that has survived into the modern world. The Harbaville Triptych is a devotional display with three panels, a … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Photo: four Roman emperors and a power metal fan.

The above photo caught my eye the instant I first saw it on Robert Horvat’s article about the Tetrarchs, because the picture, quite unwittingly, unites two major features of this … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 1 Comment
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