History Summarized: Byzantine Empire — The Golden Age

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What do you do when life takes away half of your empire? Well, if you're the Medieval Byzantines, you make comprehensive structural reforms to better manage a changing geopolitical landscape — And then you make an absolute crapload of mosaics.
Byzantines, Part 1: https://youtu.be/7LZbSbatwSg

Sources & Further Reading: John Julius Norwich's "Byzantium: The Apogee"

This video was edited in part by Sophia Ricciardi, AKA "Indigo". sophiakricci.com
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FURTHER SOURCES: "A Short History of Byzantium" by John Julius Norwich.

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Glasshouse Gallery

‘With enough gold to give a Protestant a seizure’

It’s comments like this which reminds me why I’m here

5 months ago | [YT] | 2,125

Kole Williamson

“The Byzantine Empire has long maintained a delicate balance of simultaneously doing fantastic and also being constantly in peril”

Ah yes, my mental state summed up.

5 months ago | [YT] | 2,089

Alias Anybody

The Middle Ages: Let's fight half a century for a small province!

The Colonial Age: Let's casually add half a continent to our glorious empire!

5 months ago | [YT] | 1,656

p4pillio

" Which explains why the name skutatoi literally means... shield boys"

ah yes, the mighty shield boys, protecting the Byzantine Emperor from their most powerful foes.

5 months ago | [YT] | 1,400

Seat Cheeks

"Oops, all crusaders!"
Sounds like the early medieval period in a nutshell.

5 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,291

Flavius Belisarius

I prefer "constantly collapsing, but collapsing in style"

5 months ago | [YT] | 836

Michael Scott

Byzantium, 1095: "Hey, can you help us out a bit?"
Rome: "CRUUUUSAAAAAADE!!!"
Byzantium: "....Errors have been made."

5 months ago | [YT] | 636

Tyler Carrington

"Golden Disaster Empire"


I love how it rolls off the tongue

5 months ago | [YT] | 589

Merritt Animation

11:06 "So they didn't go crusading all over his empire instead."


Foreshadowing

5 months ago | [YT] | 525

INSERT NAME HERE

Byzantine Greek fire operators: I love the smell of napalm in the morning!

5 months ago | [YT] | 210

General HiPing

Ahh yes, Basil the First, with his best advisers, Pine Nuts The Third and Olive Oil the First Press.

5 months ago | [YT] | 350

Alkiviadis Daispyros

Basil II was so gentle with the Bulgarians that he was given the title "The Bulgar slayer", whenever he had Bulgarian prisoners, he would devide them into groups of 100, gouge the eyes out of 99 of them, and leave one "lucky guy" with only 1 eye, ya know, to send a message.

5 months ago | [YT] | 255

Ulysses S. Grant

A PROVINCE HAS BEEN LOST
A PROVINCE HAS BEEN LOST
A PROVINCE HAS BEEN-
A PROVINCE HAS BEEN-
A PROVINCE HA-
A PROVINCE-
A PRO-
A PRO-
DEFEAT

5 months ago | [YT] | 261

Smoothbluehero

The struggle and perseverance of the Byzantines always makes me feel sad when Constantinople inevitably falls. I feel like “thats not whats supposed to happen”

5 months ago | [YT] | 57

Artur M.

I'm almost impressed by how you represented Basil II, an Emperor with probably the most metal nickname ever - the Bulgar Slayer, as a small, green, aromatic plant.


Also, if you love the "golden disasters" so much, I think you might enjoy reading about Poland-Lithuania.

5 months ago | [YT] | 507

Dark Purple Insanity

"You'd think the Greeks would know a little thing or two about Hubris but apparently NOT!"

That burn was so hot it melted Icarus' wings off

5 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 84

Bart Vieveen

"Golden disaster empire"


Yup. Played CK2 as the Byzantines once. Can confirm.

5 months ago | [YT] | 38

Tod No

Fun fact: the Byzantines and Bulgarians had been frenemies basically until the end. They'd been fighting on and off again since the start and in a few cases even fought together.

5 months ago | [YT] | 168

smoothmasterz

"Brought to you by Bethesda"
That's a deep Oblivion-level cut. Well played.

5 months ago | [YT] | 100

Bilimin Sırları

It's the Seljuk Turks!
Ah! said the Byzantine Empire.

5 months ago | [YT] | 163


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