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Sultan Suleiman: Ekphrasis and Exploration into What Makes a Great Leader?

Suleiman I was the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and one of the most influential of the Sultans. During his reign as Sultan from 1520 until his death in 1566, Sultan Suleiman led several successful military campaigns and captured many new territories for the Empire. He also completely reformed the legislation and law […]



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The Hagia Sophia: From Church, to Mosque, to Museum

The city of Constantinople in the Byzantine Empire was famous for its influence on the religion of Christianity, and for the city to once be the home of many Christian artifacts and a predominance of the practice of Christianity. A large and noble artifact from Christian Byzantium is the Hagia Sophia, which was once the […]



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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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The Great Ottoman Treasure Trove

What defines a hoarder? If they believe that what they are collecting is useful, important or impactful to them or their culture, is it wrong to label them as an outcast of society? Clearly that notion did not exist during the time of the Ottomans, even if some of the things they collected seem a […]



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