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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

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

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

Fab Five Series – Sean Munger’s Version: Dinner with the GenSek, the Sage of Monticello and More

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev speaking at a news conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986.Permission via Commons: RIA Novosti This is the fourth part in our…

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nova Roma (Constantinople) Part 1

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Below is an image of modern day Istanbul with the Golden Horn to the left and the Bosphorus in the foreground.)…

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Constantine, Licinius and the decisions made in Milan. What’s it all about ?

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Statue of Constantine I, outside York Minster, Source Wikipedia Commons) The disastrous defeat and subsequent death of Maxentius after the Milvian…

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Lost to the West’

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
Welcome to ‘The History of the Byzantine Empire’ blog. This is not a new project in the strictest sense. I have…

January 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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