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Byzantines do not belong in the cold

During the winter of 927-928, the Byzantine’s experienced an extremely harsh cold winter, resulting in a famine. Frigid temperatures caused many of farmer’s animals and crops to freeze resulting in many people starving to death. The famine lasted up until the next harvest, which would not have been until the spring. The Byzantine Empire lived […]



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Byzantine Coinage

I started the Byzantine module of the course looking into the Byzantine monetary system, as the Byzantines were exceptionally gifted administrators. Of particular interest to me was the coinage used throughout the long history of the Byzantine Empire. The coin, called a Bezant (or later, a solidus), was a peculiar piece of coinage. For its […]



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Common Assignment: Byzantine Summary

Griffin Shapiro I started my Byzantine coursework by looking into one of the greatest monuments in Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia. Andrea and I created a presentation about the church and how its structure shapes human experience. The Byzantines lined the church with art such as paintings and mosaics that were symbolic of Christian saints and […]



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Byzantine Architecture

I essentially wrote and presented on Byzantine architecture and its impact on the architecture world; going from the basis that architecture is one of the most ancient of art forms. The Byzantines were the successors of the Roman Empire, and also the first empire to have christianity as its religion, 600 years after the death […]



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