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.

 



Drawing of Job and His Family Represented as Heraclius and His Family
Date:5th century (text), ca. 615–629 (drawing)
Geography:Made in, Egypt
Medium:Ink on parchment; 8 fols.
Dimensions:11 x 9 7/16 in. (28 x 24 cm)
Classification:Manuscripts
Credit Line:Biblioteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele III,” Naples (MS.I.B.18)

Drawing of Job and His Family Represented as Heraclius and His Family

Date:5th century (text), ca. 615–629 (drawing)

Geography:Made in, Egypt

Medium:Ink on parchment; 8 fols.

Dimensions:11 x 9 7/16 in. (28 x 24 cm)

Classification:Manuscripts

Credit Line:Biblioteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele III,” Naples (MS.I.B.18)

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