Category: A short history of Byzantium

In 476 the Roman Empire fell or rather its western half did. Its eastern half, which we will come to know as the Byzantine Empire would survive and often flourish for over a thousand years.
It is my attempt here to present its story from Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople. (I will present it in chronological order beginning with Constantine the Great.) In the words of John Julius Norwich “The luckless historian can only weigh the probabilities and tell his story as best he can.” This is my aim too, to tell you the reader a thousand year story as best as I can.

A short history of Byzantium: No. 3 The Vision of Constantine the Great.

What are we to believe of the amazing vision of Constantine I on the eve of his battle with Maxentius […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 2 Constantine: Prelude to Greatness

In a relatively short period of time, Constantine the Great took two decisions that changed and/or reshaped the Mediterranean, and […]

Over a thousand years of glory, but where does it actually begin?

I often wonder how do we pinpoint the beginning of the Byzantine Empire? There are so many identifiable dates or […]

A short history of Byzantium: No.1 Rediscovering an old Empire.

There are individuals and groups of communities that argue that there is no such thing as the Byzantine Empire. To […]

Sean Munger’s Five Favorite Byzantine Emperors

By special guest writer by Sean Munger .  Over the course of Byzantine history, which lasted more than 1100 years, the […]