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  1. WI: Leo VI has a son earlier

    What if the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI had a son much earlier than OTL Constantine VII (from wife number 4)? Lets assume the child survives to adulthood and is reasonably competent (perhaps levels of OTL Constantine VII). What effect could this have on the Byzantine Empire in the short and medium...
  2. "And there will be no Fourth!": Syracuse as the Third Rome

    From A Short History of the Syracusian Empire The survival of the Roman Empire is a near miraculous thing, no matter how anyone looks at it. The past two thousand years had seen it shed most of its territory at least once and few would dispute that it had been pushed to the brink multiple times...
  3. AH Vignette: The Last Roman Falls

    Vignette: The Last Roman Falls Et unam, sanctam, cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et expécto resurrectiónem mortuórum, Et vitam ventúri sǽculi. Amen.[1] We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism...
  4. Out of the Ashes: The Byzantine Empire From Basil II To The Present
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    Out of the Ashes: The Byzantine Empire From Basil II To The Present Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artes intulit agresti Latio. “Conquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.” Horace “Antiquity is over, but its last war is yet to end.”...
  5. AHC: Flip Modern day Turkey and Greece

    In other words a situation where you have an Orthodox Christian Greek speaking Anatolian state and a Muslim Turkish speaking Balkan state. TTL Greece need not have all of Anatolia, but at minimum must hold the Aegean and Black Sea coastline, and preferably the Med coastline too. Bonus points...
  6. Population of Fatimid Egypt?

    I am writing a TL where Fatimid Egypt plays a role, and it would be very helpful if anyone has a population estimate for that (circa 1000 CE). Wikipedia gives an uncited figure of 6.2 million for some uncertain point in time for the entire Fatimid Caliphate, which is neither too trustworthy or...
  7. WI: Byzantine Gunpowder instead of Greek Fire

    What if Kallinikos of Heliopolis (assuming he actually existed of course), discovered gunpowder instead of Greek Fire? Is this even within the realm of possibility? Further, what could this mean for the Roman Empire and the world? Is it necessary that Greek fire (or a similar incendiary) be...
  8. Romania in the Second Millennium

    Romania in the Second Millennium Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artes intulit agresti Latio. “Conquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.”- Horace Foreword: The Empire of the Romans (or as it is more popularly called, “Romania”) evokes a...
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