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  1. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Thank you! I am glad to be wrong :) Surveying done (A3), Reforms (almost) done (D3), now conquest time (O1)!
  2. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I'd like that too-but after the red herring that was Andreas III, Im not holding my breath.
  3. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I don't think ToT is gonna happen--the situation is far too dire for the Lascaris cousins to make a play, and Alexandros Drakos has made his bed when it comes to the purple. However, D3 dying would be still quite bad for the Romans. Odesseus is too inexperienced, and he needs to learn his ropes...
  4. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Folks have compared Phillip/Alexander to Demetrios/Odesseus to suggest how D3 can be a forgotten Emperor. I wonder if the parallels extend a bit further, and the Logothete would be willing to murder the Emperor in order to cover his tracks. D3 dying right now would be a big blow for the Romans...
  5. Impact on Greece if Southern Italy and Sicily are still largely Greek-speaking?

    If I understand the OP correctly, the initial conditions involve a mostly Hellenophone Sicily and Southern Italy (how much there though? just Apulia, Basilicata and Calabria, or more?) in the early 19th century, while the Balkans and Anatolia remain under the control of a Turkish Muslim Empire...
  6. 2018 Turtledove (closes 3/10/18 Eastern) - Best Early Modern Timeline Nominations and Seconds

    Best Early Modern Timeline: Pride Goes Before a Fall: a Revolutionary Greece Timeline by @Earl Marshal
  7. AHC: De-Romanize the Mediterranean and Europe

    OTL came close as is. Three continents surround the Mediterranean, and only one has not been thoroughly de-Romanized (the one with the longest coastline though). I largely agree with this-a quick conquest of Romania in the seventh/early eighth century would have likely led to gentle Greece...
  8. Can the Byzantines conquer the Levant down to Aqaba on Red Sea between 800-1200 AD?

    This is basically the scenario I am exploring in my TL :) though I do think the @The Undead Martyr has a point in that Sicily will also be a major attraction the Empire can't easily say no to. In general, I think it would depend a lot on how the Fatimids are doing: a quick conquest of Egypt...
  9. The Greeks

    Heh, if we are looking for examples of Latins using Romania-one need not go much further than Imperium Romaniae (Latin Empire post 1204 itself) itself. Sure, made up of people literally on those lands, but a bit telling nonetheless. And before you say this was politics to keep the local...
  10. Science in a world without the Plague of Justinian?

    Ive said this before and will keep on saying this, if John Philoponus actually gets attention (and not negative ones for theological reasons) in a stable Byzantine Empire (which is likely-no plague means the Arab conquests become quite a bit less likely) where the University of Constantinople is...
  11. AHC: Operation 11th Century Byzanto-Wank

    Also, could Arslan prevent Turkmen raids into Anatolia in the first place? Sooner or later, some other flashpoint would arise and lead to confrontation. Anyways, if I am constrained to let Constantine VIII die-have Theodora coup Zoe very early on (perhaps as soon as she offs Romanos, having...
  12. Favorite and Least Favorite pre-1900 People?

    Favorite: This one is easy as heck, as no one comes even close to John Philoponus . This guy in the 6th century noted that: "But this (the Aristotlean idea that time taken by a body to fall is inversely proportional to its mass) is completely erroneous, and our view may be corroborated by...
  13. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Ah I was thinking more about the type of waves that carried information about the destruction of the statue to India from Constantinople. Far too slow to be light, seeing it took 5 days. (It was a very non-serious comment haha). I like Evil Basil. My neurons are ready :D
  14. Zoroatrian diaspora in Medival Europe

    That is not insurmountable. Consider the case of Theophobos and his men (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophobos). They did convert to Christianity-but the Romans may be willing to ignore that detail if the group in question does not want to rise very high (say via the army or so) and will be...
  15. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    There hasnt been a Basileos since 1025 right? Maybe it is time for a third one :D
  16. A Pet Pre-1900 Scenario You Would Do If You were Smart Enough

    Rome 3.0: Constantinople falls to some Steppe horde or the other (not Arabs in 717 or like, but closer to 1453 Turks), but the Empire fights on from Syracuse. Eventually leading to a much more maritime Empire with a highly fused Greco-Latin culture that dreams of one day again stretching from...
  17. An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I'd be curious to know what sort of wave carried that information. Seems a tad too slow ;) The Ottoman position in India, seems precarious in the face of the Vijaynagari advance and Iskander being dead. There must be a lot of frustration in Constantinople for agreeing to such a bad treaty...
  18. What would Byzantine be called if restored?

    It is not sufficient to merely have Greece bite off larger chunks of the sick man, it is also necessary to ensure that the Greek state looks less back towards Classical Greece and more towards Byzantium. This would not be particularly easy-many Greek independence movement leaders OTL wanted...
  19. Out of the Ashes: The Byzantine Empire From Basil II To The Present

    No, I have just been very very busy at work :( I hope to get back to writing soon.
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