Expansion/Conflict/State-Building of Byzantine and …

Was eventually split into a mass of provinces and states to extend power and independence.
Holy Roman Empire Expansion
Expanded via crusades in the 1100's and 1200's.
Princes of each German "part" of the empire went East to
force people into conforming to Christianity beliefs.
Once converted, they were considered a part
of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire Political Structure
A very extensive system of bureaucracy and aristocracy was adopted by the Byzantine Empire from the Roman Empire.
Emperors stood at the very top of the political system and he was appointed many officials.
Separation of civil and military offices and a scale of titles corresponding to offices.
Being a member of the Senate was not a distinguishing characteristic.
Byzantine Empire State Building
Population of the capitol (Constantinople) neared/exceeded 5 million.
The Empire Fell to the Turks in 1453.

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For many western historians Rome also belongs to antiquity and so anything later than it can at best constitute a "reception," despite the fact that in the case of Byzantium are we dealing with direct political, social, and cultural continuity from Julius Caesar to Konstantinos XI Palaiologos.

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In the middle period of Byzantium's history...this "national" label appears or is pervasive in virtually all texts and documents (excluding the strictly theological) regardless of the geographical or social origins of their authors, which, in Byzantium, were diverse.

They were doing repairs to the old buildings and had often passed my door with its notice; 'Professor of Byzantine History'.

The Byzantine Empire was another name for the surviving eastern ..

As such, it is well over the horizon of popular culture, much academic culture, or Hollywood -- to whom the history of "Byzantium" is like something from science fiction, if even that.

Byzantium, the Lost Empire - DocuWiki

Whether "Late Byzantium" or "Late Romania," we have the story whereby the Cosmopolitan Empire of Nations, founded on conquest and history and refounded on religion, vanishes altogether.

Constantinople - Ancient History Encyclopedia

To be sure, there was a separate treatment of things like the aqueduct of Valens and Sancta Sophia in a later show, bundled with the dissociation of Rome from Constantinople, in "Byzantium: Engineering an Empire." One problem with that show was that the only engineering that they came up with for the height of Byzantine power in the 11th century was the counterweight trébuchet catapult, which was first mentioned by the historian Niketas Choniates in relation to the reign of (1081-1118).

Perusing the rest of the article, which in general is good, there are some locutions that have become familiar from Byzantine histories in general.

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Readers could look long and hard and still find no such "Byzantines." Similarly, we are not told what "in one form or another" is supposed to mean, or how being under "Eastern rulers" would differ from the Empire being under its own rulers.


One is that the Eastern Empire "fell into Byzantine hands," which is absolutely meaningless, implying as it does that there were some sort of "Byzantines" out there, into whose hands the remaining Roman Empire fell.

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But, typically again, we get no explanation why it would not be, or an explanation why we should say "regarded itself" rather than "was." Of course, Wilson does say that Constantinople "regarded itself" as Rome "despite" its "much later distinctive label as the Byzantine empire." What does "despite" mean here?