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Riots and Hooliganism: A Byzantine Connection

The connection between modern European football and ancient Byzantine chariot races may not seem overly apparent. But in my Byzantine connections paper, I took a look at the cultures that surround each. From this exploration, I found that the Byzantine chariot races share a social impact that is very similar to that of modern football […]

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Byzantine Empire: The Hippodrome

While learning about the Byzantine Empire over first half of the semester I was assigned the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome is Greek for ‘hippo’ horse, and dorms ‘course’. This translates well as the Hippodrome direct function was for horse racing during the Byzantine Empire. The Hippodrome was one of the most unique features of the Byzantine […]

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The Sports and Politics of the Hippodrome Chariot Races

The Hippodrome was the social and sporting center of Constantinople, which is the capital of Byzantium. The Hippodrome was used for entertainment, the biggest being the chariot and horse races. The races were done with four teams; Blues, Reds, Whites and Greens. The Byzantine empire had well developed associations, also known as demes, that supported […]

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Chariots and Riots: The Hippodrome

   In a time without electronic mediums such as television, like our modern society is so accustomed to, the people relied on their cities to keep them entertained. Throughout late antiquity and the Middle Ages, colosseums were erected to enthrall the population, to host events such as gladiator matches and public executions. These stadiums often […]

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Advancements of the Byzantine Empire

Like the Romans and Greeks before them, Byzantine society was very sophisticated. There were theaters, competitions, large feasts and a high level of social interaction. Many new styles of architecture and warfare also emerged from the Byzantine’s. There were also amenities in personal life such as baths, drinking fountains and toilets that did not require […]

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