Constantinople and the Byzantine Legacy
The Byzantine Empire was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean. While it eventually was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, it was a remarkably resilient culture, surviving for more than a millennium after the Fall of Rome. While it is often overlooked or minimized, Byzantine culture - centered on Constantinople - is much more influential than commonly regarded.
Constantinople was the largest, wealthiest Christian city as well as being the most educated and erudite center in Christendom. As the Classical Roman Era shifted towards the Medieval Era, Constantinople exerted tremendous influence on culture across the centuries, from the domed mosque of Islam and the onion dome of Russian orthodoxy to its library that saved much of the surviving ancient Greek drama, history and philosophy.
Of course, Byzantine culture is merely the last expression of Roman culture, which itself was an agglomeration and accumulation of several cultures predating it like Hellenistic, Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures. While Byzantine culture saw a shift from the Imperial Latin to Greek, it involved rich diversity of cultures, with even Emperors coming from Serbia, Spain, North Africa, Armenia and Syria. It was a multicultural society with strong links to diverse peoples, from Hungarians and Venetians, to Armenians, Turks and Mongols. More importantly it was the city which oversaw the transformation of the pagan Roman into a Christian world. This site is dedicated to exploring Constantinople and its Byzantine Legacy.