The Eastern Roman Empire
Submitted by palmyratraders on Sun, 2008-08-17 10:30
Palmyra Traders began merchanting in 1993. They specialize in top quality, hard to find merchandise for the medievalist.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-11 06:47
1500 years ago, the Justinian Plague swept through the world killing as many as 100 million people. Recently the remains of hundreds of people, believed to have been victims of the plague, were discovered in Castro dei Volsci, Italy.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-07-05 13:32
Medieval Bursa, near Istanbul, Turkey, became a cultural and economic center of the Ottoman Empire. Today, with it's cobbled streets and bazaars, the city offers tourists a peak into the past. Erik Fearn looks at the city for the Star Online.
Submitted by Justin on Fri, 2008-06-06 11:16
"Levantia is a site for the social history of the Roman Empire and Near East, roughly between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. It explores this especially by means of practical reconstruction and experimentation. It also includes discussion of the issues of historiographic method and representation in public contexts."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-03-22 15:00
New research from the University of Haifa shows that a healthy trade existed between the eastern Mediterranean and China during the 12th and 13th centuries. The trade consisted mainly of ceramics and pottery.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-03-04 14:32
A jaded den of deceit and treachery is the common perception of the medieval Byzantine Empire, but a new book by Judith Herrin offers a different interpretation, one that includes a rich cultural and religious life. M.M. Bennetts has the review for the Christian Science Monitor.
Submitted by Ron The Hurler on Fri, 2008-02-29 13:25
Onager offers replicas of ancient catapults as used by the Romans and other cultures up until the medieval period. These are fully functional wooden kits. Makes a great display piece, science project or gift for anyone with an interest in history, engineering or physics.
Submitted by damien on Fri, 2008-01-04 23:09
Errant Knight offers stunning hand-made authentic artefact replicas including court belts, sword and armour belts and jewelry. All items are thoroughly researched to ensure historical accuracy.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-12-20 13:19
Jewish scholars are having to rethink opinions about life and culture in early Byzantine times after the discovery of a 5th century synagogue, complete with elaborate mosaic floors.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-12-11 09:07
The remains of a late Roman-Byzantine-era synagogue have been discovered in the Arbel National Park near the Sea of Galilee. The building is thought to date from the 2nd to 4th century C.E.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-10-25 19:21
An new exhibit, Early Christian Art Between Rome and Byzantium, will showcase over 90 works from twenty Italian museums at the Intesa San Paolo's Palazzo Leoni Montanari. The show runs until November 18, 2007.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-08-20 15:12
The Barony of Selviergard invites the Knowne World to attend a feast honoring Constantine the Great in traditional Byzantine style! Please bring your banners, flags, tapestries and other decorations to make the hall more colorful.
The victor of the heavy combat tournament will be awarded the purple
chlamys, a traditional gift from the ancient Basillius' of that time
as a show of his great prowess and favor from the powers that be.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-08-18 13:27
A team of Israeli archaeologists working on a site near the city of Tiberias have discovered an ancient Byzantine church believed to date from the 5th century.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-08-17 08:05
An elaborately-decorated mosaic floor dating to the 6th century has been discovered near the Israeli city of Palmahim. The floor is thought to have belonged to the dining area of a Byzantine villa.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2007-06-19 18:15
Re-enactors in Russia are preparing an elaborate re-enactment of the 1453 battle for Constantinople, in which it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-06-01 19:12
Understanding what life was like in the historic past will take a giant step soon with the introduction of by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to combine 3-D computer technology with the latest historical evidence. The result: a virtual walk-around of historic buildings.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-05-21 07:44
In a review for The Guardian, Ian Pindar discusses a new book about bubonic plague: Justinian's Flea by William Rosen, an "impressive study of the bubonic plague and its impact on history."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-05-12 17:30
Thanks to a donation of more than UK£1 million from the Ioannou family, Greek Cypriots, Oxford University in England will open a new center for Classical and Byzantine research and study.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Sun, 2007-04-08 19:29
Akdamar Church, also called the Church of Surp Khach, or Holy Cross, an Armenian structure dating back to 921 C.E., is being restored in a US$1.5 million project being undertaken by Turkey as a step towards improving relationships between the two neighboring countries.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-03-09 15:43
Joan Scobey of the Post-Gazette travels to Ravenna, Italy, the ancient capital of three empires, and describes its historic pleasures for her readers.
Submitted by Muireann_of_Hin... on Mon, 2007-02-26 20:25
Wastelands: A Journey to Constantinople
June 22-24, 2007
As long, sunny days and warm nights herald in the summer months, we invite you to travel with us. Our destination is the heart of the Eastern Roman Empire, the jewel of Byzantium, the glorious city of Constantinople.
So don your traveling clothes and spend the first weekend of summer with friends, fighting, feasting and fun!
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-12-27 15:15
The Emperor Justinian dedicated the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople on Devember 27, 537 C.E.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-11-24 13:11
Meghan Elphinstone, Arts & Sciences Champion for the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia, has posted her extensive research on early Byzantine costuming. The two papers are available in PDF format.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-11-12 16:15
Lady Isabelle in the Kingdom of Meridies recently traveled to Turkey and shares photos from her visit online.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-10-05 10:26
In the process of deposing and replacing the Byzantine emperor Phocas, Heraclius attacked Constantinople with a fleet on October 5, 610 C.E.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-08-10 16:24
"Like Romans, Athenians and other residents of the world's great historic cities, the residents of Istanbul can hardly put a shovel in the ground without digging up something important." Archaelogists working on the site of a new subway station believe they have found a port from Byzantine times.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-08-02 10:52
A team of scientists is using X-ray techniques to try to decipher the text hidden beneath a 13th century Christian prayerbook. They believe that underneath the prayers is a lost original work by the Greek mathematician Archimedes
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-07-23 19:42
An exhibition of Byzantine artifacts shows how the classical style of the Greeks and Romans carried over into the Middle Ages. The Road to Byzantium: Luxury Arts of Antiquity, an exhibit which runs through September 3, 2006 at London's Sometset House, shows a wide range of pieces decorated with classical themes.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-07-16 13:11
On July 16, 1054, the Pope excommunicated Michael Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople, setting in motion the events which would divide the Eastern Orthodox from the Roman Church.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-29 19:31
Orthodox Christian Constantinople fell to the Turks on May 29, 1453, a date that some historians consider the end of the Middle Ages.