This blog is about the Byzantine culture and civilization which centred at the city of Constantinople, spread across Europe, Asia and Africa and greatly influenced people’s lives and deeds. Around the Mediterranean, from the steps of Kiev and the Russian mainland down to the Nile and its Copts; and from the domes and mosques of the Muslim East it spread all the way up to France and the courts of the German emperors. Though politically Byzantium ceased to exist in 1453 when the capital itself fell to the emerging power of the Ottoman Turks, its culture had such deep roots that it continued to influence not only the Ottoman Empire, but all the states which saw themselves as successors to a culture so familiar and so deeply missed.

 

Ethiopian Religious Art with massive influences from Byzantium. Due to the Arab conquest of Egypt and Syria in the 7th century, Ethiopia was isolated from the rest of the Chrstian world and became unique in a way since was the sole independent christian nation in africa for centuries. The rulling elit was also influenced by the byzantine standards; adopted titles and rulling practices.

Alexander the Great, clad as a Byzantine emperor, receives a delegation of Jewish rabbis. Miniature from the 14th-century Alexander Romance (from wikipedia)

Alexander the Great, clad as a Byzantine emperor, receives a delegation of Jewish rabbis. Miniature from the 14th-century Alexander Romance (from wikipedia)

jeannepompadour:

Emperor Constantine IX Monomachos and his wife Empress Zoe with Christ Pantocrator seated in the middle, 11th c. mosaics from Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

2 mosaics from the church of Porta-Panagia, in Pyli Trikala..the place where I come from :)
The church and the mosaics are really spectacullar and dated back to 1285 AD; unique in greece cos they re placed opposite to the traditional byzantine/orthodox way.Christ on the left and Mary on the right.

2 mosaics from the church of Porta-Panagia, in Pyli Trikala..the place where I come from :)
The church and the mosaics are really spectacullar and dated back to 1285 AD; unique in greece cos they re placed opposite to the traditional byzantine/orthodox way.Christ on the left and Mary on the right.

istanbulwalkingzemi:

1. Chora Anastasis, 14th Century, Istanbul [*]

2. Anastasis Monastery of Hosios Loukas, 11th Century, Greece [*]

3. Anastasis, Dark Church, sometime around 12th Century, Cappadocia 

ffactory:

In the mixed Greek and Italian society of Crete, the inscription “I H S” could be understood as both the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek and as the Latin emblem I(esus) H(ominum) S(alvator), Jesus the Savior of Men, devised by the Franciscan monk Bernardino of Siena (1380 – 1444).

Andreas Ritzos (c. 1421–c. 1492) Icon with I H S, Crete, Candia (modern Heraklion), second half of 15th century, tempera and gold on wood, Signed (lower right corner): XEIP | ANΔPEOY PITZOY [Hand of Andreas Ritzos], Athens, Byzantine and Christian Museum

ffactory:

In the mixed Greek and Italian society of Crete, the inscription “I H S” could be understood as both the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek and as the Latin emblem I(esus) H(ominum) S(alvator), Jesus the Savior of Men, devised by the Franciscan monk Bernardino of Siena (1380 – 1444).

Andreas Ritzos (c. 1421–c. 1492) Icon with I H S, Crete, Candia (modern Heraklion), second half of 15th century, tempera and gold on wood, Signed (lower right corner): XEIP | ANΔPEOY PITZOY [Hand of Andreas Ritzos], Athens, Byzantine and Christian Museum