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From Byzantine Constantinople to Ottoman Konstantiniyye: Creation of a Cosmopolitan Capital and Visual Culture under Sultan Mehmed II

An article from Harvard University by Gulru Necipoglu Introduction: The conquest of Constantinople engendered Mehmed II’s lifelong ambition to revive the ruinous city’s ancient status as the prosperous capital of a world empire. This essay interprets the sultan’s negotiation of … Continue reading

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Hagia Sofia: Dome Secrets

Enjoy this video which explains how the great dome of Hagia Sophia was designed and built. The engineering skills of the Romans was outstanding, and no computer simulation for them! Related article: Nineteenth Annual Runciman Lecture – Byzantine Architecture reconfigured … Continue reading

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Fresco-Hunting Photo Expedition the Byzantine churches and chapels of Western Bulgaria

I started this blog to make Byzantium ‘live’ for people today. Far from being an obscure subject to be left only to dry academic research (which can sometimes be non-inclusive), I have tried to show that Byzantium does live for … Continue reading

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The Siege of Constantinople One Month On

The siege of Constantinople has now been in place for just over one month. We left the story when we discussed the development of the Sultan’s artillery under the Hungarian, Urban (which would prove crucial to the final Fall of … Continue reading

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The Byzantine Events page is updated – take a look!

Why not hop over to the events page to see what’s new? There events major and minor for the Spring and Summer. A new series that may prove to be quite interesting, The Averil Cameron Lectures in Late Antique & … Continue reading

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The Siege: One of History’s Most Important Recruitment Decisions

The siege has been running in full force for over a week now. Ottoman troops began to take up their positions along the walls during the first week of April. The Sultan himself erected his tent north of the civil … Continue reading

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Join the Byzantine digs and expeditions of Balkan Heritage in South Eastern Europe!

I started this blog to make Byzantium ‘live’ for people today. Far from being an obscure subject to be left only to dry academic research (which can sometimes be non-inclusive), I have tried to show that Byzantium does live for … Continue reading

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