In 2005 I took a trip to Jordan and as a side trip I visited the little town of Madaba. There in the apse of the little church of St. George is a mosaic map made of several million tesserae. Composed in the 6th century roughly during the time of Justinian, it’s the oldest known [...]
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On a Saturday evening in 1997 a man rushed into the offices of Alpay Pasinli- the director of Istanbul’s Museum of Archeology- and breathlessly announced that he had made a discovery. He had been charged with excavating an old Ottoman prison that stood between the Hagia Sophia and the gates to the Topkapi Palace, but [...]
Lars has a guest post on http://debatethisbook.com/ entitled Why You’re Wrong About the Crusades.
Lars Brownworth created this teaser video for his book “Lost to the West”. Check out the Byzantium Playlist on YouTube to see 9 other videos by Lars on Byzantine history.
Yesterday I ran across an interesting story on CNN. A little more than four years ago Turkish workers digging a tunnel to connect Asia and Europe ( hoping to relieve some of Istanbul’s horrendous traffic in the process) stumbled across the remains of a major Byzantine port. Nicknamed Port Theodosius after the fourth century emperor [...]
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Today my book Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization goes on sale. I like to think of it (with apologies to Procopius) as a ‘secret’ history- the 1200 years of the Roman Empire that you weren’t taught about in school. Sure, we’ve all heard of Julius Caesar crossing the [...]
Its often been said that history is written by the victors, and if this is indeed true than it applies to the vanquished civilization’s physical remains as well. The records of the past are littered with references to vanished wonders, from the Colossus of Rhodes (broken up and sold for scrap in the 7th century) [...]
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The little village of Hisarköy in Turkey isn’t much to look at today, but then again, the centuries haven’t exactly been kind to it. Just over a thousand years ago it was much more impressive. Back then it was a thriving metropolis known as Amorium, the second largest city in the Byzantine Empire and arguably [...]
Five hundred and fifty-six years ago today the Roman Empire came to an end. Its final dénouement was not- as is commonly believed- the abdication of a sad little boy emperor, but an epic struggle beneath the walls of a city that had once ruled the world. On the morning of May 29, 1453, Constantinople, [...]
For a lost empire, it’s amazing how omnipresent Byzantium is. You are liable to run into it at any moment- with little or no warning. That fork you use so nonchalantly was introduced to the west by a Byzantine noblewoman in the 11th Century. That hospital you hope to avoid and those female doctors who [...]