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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

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

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

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

Narrative History’s Man of the Moment.

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(Roger Crowley. Source Sutton-Hibbert/The Sunday Times) “History is taught, I believe, by one thing only- sparking interest. This means telling a…

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Earth: The interior of Hagia Sofia (St. Sofia), Istanbul, Turkey.

This is one of the grandest and most historic interiors on this planet–the grand cathedral of Hagia Sofia, the Church of the Holy Wisdom, in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey. This shot … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Earth: Gezi Park, Istanbul, epicenter of recent protests in Turkey.

This is Gezi Park, near Taksim Square, in Istanbul. If you’re reading the news this week (but not American news, which generally refuses to report the story), you may have … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Earth: The Hippodrome, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.

Because today is the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople, I thought it fitting that my next Earth post should be somewhere in the old Byzantine (and later Ottoman) … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Constantinople Falling: A Message For All the Followers of CryForByzantium.

Greetings, fans and followers of my Byzantine history Twitter feed, CryForByzantium! For most of you this will be the first time you’ve heard the real “voice” of the person behind … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

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