The Byzantine Empire
stood at the geographical and cultural centre of the
European and Middle-Eastern world for more than one thousand years.
For much of that time, and over several cycles of decline and
recovery - from inception as the eastern half of the partitioned
Roman Empire in the fourth century AD through to final disappearance
in the fifteenth century - Byzantium played the role of an economic, political,
and cultural superpower.
On this site you will find a historical overview, timelines, maps, articles and
bibliographic material - all dedicated to the fascinating civilisation of
Byzantium. The site also features an extensive photographic gallery, which details
some of the surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and public art - from
Italy through to the empire's heartland in modern Greece and Turkey.
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