Byzantium. Was it Greek or Roman, familiar or
hybrid, barbaric or civilized, Oriental or Western? In the late
eleventh century Constantinople was the largest and wealthiest city
in Christendom, the seat of the Byzantine emperor, Christ’s
vice-regent on earth, and the center of a predominately Christian
empire, steeped in Greek cultural and artistic influences, yet
founded and maintained by a Roman legal and administrative system.
Despite the amalgam... more...