CONSTANTINOPLE AND THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
Monday 11th May 330 CE - Tuesday 29th May 1453 CE
I am dedicating this page to John Julius, The Viscount Norwich, whose
brilliant Trilogy "Byzantium" led me to an infinitely deeper awareness,
understanding and appreciation of that Empire's unique greatness.
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enameling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.
When I began to build the page "My Gallery Vol. II", I wrote that there
would be an emphasis on "....things Byzantine" because of its overwhelming
influence on the course of world history and - much more immediately and
directly - on the history of the Holy Land. I hadn't progressed very far at all,
when I realised that, at the rate I was finding items, together with the ideas
and comments formulating in my mind, there was no way in which Byzantium and
Constantinople could share a page with other topics. So I have re-arranged the
"My Gallery Vol. II" page while it is still in its infancy and transferred my
attention to Byzantium and Constantinople. Later - if I ever finish with "The
Byzantine Empire" - I will return to "My Gallery Vol. II" and more general
themes. So let me put in place the thumbnails that I have accumulated so far, in
the certainty that there will be more to follow - and we'll take it from there!
By the way - you'll notice that there are several of the more popular views
of Istanbul which appear to be almost identical; that's because its such a
beautiful and exciting city that I can't resist looking at it from different
angles and reminding myself of the endless pleasure I have visiting the city. I
hope you agree with me!
If you are thinking of visiting Istanbul (and I hope you are!), then allow me
to recommend a web site:
a guide who
speaks Portuguese, English, German and Turkish.
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