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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2017 9:46 p.m. PST

"Although it is a subject of great interest to me, I have been put off from talking about the Byzantine Empire because, in the past, it has invariably aroused bitter partisan vitriol that is completely unhelpful at best and detrimental at worst. Nonetheless, I can refrain no longer because this is an extremely important subject that people really need to know more about. Obviously, this post will only be a very general overview of the Byzantine Empire but I think it is necessary and anyone can look up particular items in greater detail on your own. Western civilization would likely not exist at all were it not for the Byzantine Empire and an important point to make at the outset is to emphasize that the Byzantine Empire is simply another word for the continuation of the East Roman Empire and the Roman Empire is absolutely essential and foundational for the entirety of western civilization. Certainly, Eastern Europe owes the most to the Byzantine Empire but Western Europe likewise owes an immense debt to the Eastern Roman Empire and neither would be what they are today without it.

The Byzantine Empire, formally the East Roman Empire, was also known as the Later Roman Empire and, occasionally, the Greek Empire but it is important to note that the Byzantines themselves did not refer to themselves as "Byzantines" but as "Romans". The name comes from the city of Byzantium on the Bosporus which dates to the 500's BC. Originally Greek, when it was conquered by the Romans in the 100's BC it became a relatively prosperous trading center until it was leveled and partially rebuilt by Emperor Septimius Severus. One could date the birth of the Byzantine Empire as far back as 293 AD when Emperor Diocletian first divided the Roman Empire into eastern and western halves, making his capital in the east at Nicomedia in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). However, the "Founding Father" of the Byzantine Empire is not usually considered to be Diocletian but Emperor Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor, who moved the imperial capital to Byzantium, renaming it Constantinople. Although the city of Rome would remain important for some time to come, from this point on Rome was eclipsed by Constantinople as the center of Roman wealth and power…"
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PaulByzantios05 Dec 2017 10:14 p.m. PST

Interesting with nice pictures but I'm curious what he means by "bitter partisan vitriol". Recently, most of the scholarship and popular opinion are fairly favorable to the Byzantine Empire.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

I think he meant among his friends and readers of his blog.

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