Well, last week the Byzantine empire made an unexpected appearance in the national news, courtesy of this story from CNN. The topic of the story is “Adonis,” a Bosnian pine that is more than 1,000 years old! Situated as it is near the border between Greece and Albania, the tree would indeed have witnessed the heights of Byzantine glory, as the story indicates.
Now, some of you might be saying, “Wait a minute — didn’t the Arabs and later the Umayyad and Abbasid empires conquer and control a lot of formerly Byzantine territory? The Empire wasn’t that big in the year 1000 CE!” And you would be right. The Byzantine’s empires geographic spread was not at its peak at that point, but the development of “civilization” in Constantinople — including many of the characteristics that we associate with the Byzantines — were certainly in place and active tat that time.
If you want to read more about the Byzantines and their Christianity, you can check out this link, which offers a history of the empire, or this one, which has a lot to say about the religion thereof.
Image credit: uanews.arizona.edu (edited by the blogger)
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