Useful Wikipedia articles on the Byzantine Empire

Hi all, it’s been a very busy week for me so I was unable to find the time to write. Instead, I shall put up some of my favourite Wikipedia articles about the Byzantine Empire. Beside each link, I will give a brief explanation about why I like and find the article useful.

Wikipedia on Byzantine Empire: This article gives an overview of the 1,000 year history of the empire. I also enjoy the many links within the article to other related subjects that catch my eye. Some of these subjects include emperors, major battles and events and Byzantine military units.

Wikipedia on Byzantine Themes: Byzantium lost large pieces of territories to the Muslim expansion. For the security of the empire, the remaining domains became themes. Themes were the administrative districts that replaced the provincial system from the time of Diocletian and Constantine I.

Wikipedia on Byzantine Army: An indispensible part of Byzantium’s struggle to survive, the Byzantine army evolved through the centuries. This article gives an overview of that evolution.

Wikipedia on Byzantine Navy: The Byzantine navy also played a crucial role in the defence of the empire. This article has a lot of information about the various aspects of the navy. Interestingly, it mentions how Byzantium’s fortunes rose and fell with its control of the sea.

Wikipedia on Walls of Constantinople: For over 1,000 years, the Walls of Constantinople defended the imperial capital from continuous attacks. Its elaborate and complex defensive system enabled it to withstand repeated sieges. But in 1453, the Ottomans finally breached the walls with gunpowder.

Wikipedia on Castles: Throughout its existence, the Byzantine Empire struggled to survive. Its vast wealth and strategic location invited attacks from all sides. As such, defensive fortifications, such as castles, were vitally important to the survival of Byzantium. Although this article is about castles in general, it helps to shed some light on what life might have been like for the Byzantines.

Wikipedia on Eastern Orthodox Church: Christianity played a large part in shaping the Byzantine Empire. To gain an appreciation of the Byzantines, we have to understand their religious views. This article provides that understanding.

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