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By Philip Sherrard

What used to be the Byzantine Empire? What used to be ita position in heritage, and what used to be it that made it a ancient unit? it truly is with this empire, nice either as a political organism and as a synthesizer and preserver of tradition, that this e-book explores. even though the remedy of the topic by means of the writer is just a little common, the stimulating sort during which he writes, mixed with the attention-grabbing illustrations should still result in extra examine by means of the reader

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Justin educated Justinian, and then earned the throne in his man the younger own right by brilliant As emperor he regimen. He ate little service as his uncle's chief aide. thrived on a strict and taxing and fasted often; he arose early and worked Byzantium had been able on Greco-Roman civilization and culture. At same time it was during this period that the as- family of a barbarian migrations which had inundated the West, to preserve intact its heri- this few his imperial role Balkan peasants hands of the Ostrogoths, Gaul had been seized by man was But arrogance and enormous vigor.

This was one pentine column brought from Delphi by Constan- of the emperor's throne rooms. The throne was tine the Great. Originally set in it consisted of three en- twined serpents whose heads supported tripod. Today only about 18 was probably At a column of feet some 26 the northeast end of the a golden remains of what Hippodrome, which stood the imperial box, the kathisma. the an apse; above it was an image From here emperor and the high dignitaries of the court of Christ it hung a woven with gold and ornamented with enthroned, and before stones.

But moved to the when the nearby Blachernae Palace mid-12th Century, St. it fell Comnenus dynasty in the Savior was restored and About 150 years later the was embellished with a blaze of moand frescoes. But by then the emperors lavishly decorated. interior saics were too poor to spend money on churches and the work was paid for by a private patron. w^«% The Boucoleon Palace (below) overlooked the imperial yacht basin and a wharf decorated with statues of lions and other animals. From this palace, which was one of seven royal residences, stretched a labyrinth of buildings and gardens that comprised the Imperial Palace complex.

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