Tag Archives: Byzantium

Catching Up

So it’s been a while. Just thought I’d drop by and let you all know how I’m doing… Overall, very well. It’s hard to complain when the winter weather here in Brisbane is better than the summer in some of … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Final Part

Mopping Up “Over the span of about a century, as the remnants of their empire crumbled around them, the partnership between these Byzantine teachers and their Italian students literally saved ancient Greek literature from destruction at the hands of the … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes- Part 12

The Final Decline and the Fall of Constantinople “To surrender the city to you is beyond my authority or anyone else’s who lives in it, for all of us, after taking the mutual decision, shall die out of free will … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes- Part 11

Reclaiming the Capital “There was a time, a far distant time, when the Roman empire extended to the Adriatic, the Tigris, and the confines of Æthiopia. After the loss of the provinces, our capital itself, in these last and calamitous … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes- Part 10

The Fourth Crusade “Constantine’s fine city, the common delight and boast of all nations, was laid waste by fire and blackened by soot, taken and emptied of all wealth, public and private, as well as that which was consecrated by … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 9

Alexios Komnenos and the Crusaders “When Pope Urban had said these … things in his urbane discourse, he so influenced to one purpose the desires of all who were present, that they cried out ‘It is the will of God! … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 8

The Seljuks and Manzikert “…the fortunes of the Roman Empire had sunk to their lowest ebb. For the armies of the East were dispersed in all directions, because the Turks had over-spread, and gained command of, nearly all the countries … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 7

The Macedonian Dynasty and the Conquest of Bulgaria “Basil II, who ruled four generations after the first Basil (the Macedonian), is commemorated on many streets in Greek cities as ‘Voulgaroktonos’ (Bulgar-slayer). Yet the defeat of the Bulgars is not his … Continue reading

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Delays

Things have been particularly busy lately, which is why there has been a delay on the next part of my ongoing series Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I’m at the tail-end … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 6

Rise of Islam “In the victorious days of the Roman republic, it had been the aim of the senate to confine their councils and legions to a single war, and completely to suppress a first enemy before they provoked the … Continue reading

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