byzantine empire

  1. SunKing105

    WI: Michael VIII loses and dies at Pelagonia

    In 1259, Michael VIII, soon to become the first emperor of the Palaiologos dynasty, fought an alliance of the Despotate of Epirus, Kingdom of Sicily, and the Principality of Achaea, against the Empire of Nicea led by Michael VIII. The Nicaeans sent a deserter to the enemy side to feed them false...
  2. exnted the Byzantine resurgance era

    many people often see post islamic invasions byzantine empire as rump roman state bearly surviving and its true for the 7th and early 8th centuries then being mostly a defensive war but it ignores that starting in the 9th century is where the period of byzantine resurgance began and culmiated in...
  3. SunKing105

    WI: Silk not smuggled out of China?

    According to some accounts, Emperor Justinian I managed to support two monks in their efforts to smuggle silkworms out of China, and succeeded, leading to the establishment of a native silk industry. The monks smuggled silkworm eggs and young larvae inside their bamboo canes, and successfully...
  4. SunKing105

    WI: Phocas stays in power?

    Flavius Phocas(602-610) was one of the worst emperors Byzantium had. Taking advantage of pay disputes to seize power, he proceeded to brutally purge his opponents, mismanaged the army and bureaucracy, and triggered a 26-year long devastating war with the Sassanids, which of course he completely...
  5. SunKing105

    WI: Constantine III survives?

    Just to be clear, I am referring to the Byzantine emperor who reigned for a few months in 641, not the Western Roman usurper. Constantine III was made co-emperor by Heraclius in 613, and seemed a competent character. What if he had not died of tuberculosis just a few months into his reign, and...
  6. WI: Constans II Triumphant

    Constans II was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 641 to 668 arguably one of the harder times for the empire. As far as i am aware he tried to refocuse the empire on the mediterannean and atleast partly in the west and planned to retake italy. What if he was successfull with his plans, what...
  7. Abd ar-Rahman II

    Byzantine Fail to retake Crete in 961 / Emirate of Crete survive longer

    From 960 to 961 Nikephoros Phokas Byzantine future emperor and brillant military leader lead the Byzantine reconquest of Crete from the Emirate of Crete (824-961) what if the Arab relief force manage to surprise and decisively defeat the byzantine (inverse happened OTL) killing Nikephoros...
  8. What if Spain enforced its claim to the title of Roman Emperor

    Spain genetically, papally, and legally have a claim to the title of Roman Emperor. So what if they enforced this claim throughout its history? (Title legally given in 1499 and it entered the family genetically ~1530s)
  9. Basileus_Komnenos

    AHC: A 19th Century Neo-Byzantine Empire

    Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to devise a scenario in which Neo-Byzantine Empire is created with a pod from 1815 onwards. This state would essentially be a modern Greek state with a national identity more focused around the idea of Greeks being Romans (Rhomaoi) rather than...
  10. DBAHC: Swap the fates of the Byzantine and Sasanian Empires

    We all know what happened after the death of Muhammad. The newly Muslim Arabs spread out of Arabia, warring against both the Byzantine and Sasanian Empires. But while they completely conquered the former, the latter managed to hold on despite the beating it took. Your challenge is to have it so...
  11. WI justinian prepares for the avars

    Ok so I had seen some debates in youtube saying the avars reached the Danube and thus the Byzantine border circa 560 justinian bought them off, they pushed northwestwards into German lands say justinian for x reason from believing these where the new huns or he knows after their done they will...
  12. Thoughts on alternative history hubs new video?

    So Cody made a new video let's talk about it he says some things I agree with and some that I don't For one he doesn't state a pod he just says post Arab invasion to pre seljuk ( and he does say settled down ) so I assume 717 to 11th century said that the Turkish migrations would have made a...
  13. WI: Egypt Remains Majority Coptic

    Background Info: Before the Muslim Conquest of Egypt (639-646) by the Rashidun Caliphate, the Copts made up the majority of Egypt since the 3rd century. After the conquest took place, the Arabs settled in Egypt bringing along the religion of Islam with them. The Copts faced persecution and...
  14. AHC: Greek/Byzantine Colony in Brazil

    You're challenge is to keep the Byzantine Empire alive well into the Age of Discovery and have it colonize a part of Brazil. Where in Brazil would the Byzantine Empire colonize? What would it be called? How would culture develop there?
  15. CastilloVerde

    When did the 'Dominate' of the Eastern Roman Empire end?

    The Dominate, inaugurated by Diocletian, succeeded the Principate of Augustus following the Crisis of the Third Century. The reforms of Diocletian and his immediate successors, notably Constantine, marked major changes in the internal organization of the Empire that made the Dominate differ so...
  16. pls don't ban me

    worse defeat for ottomans at Ankara in 1402

    So, in OTL the ottomans were basically annihilated, and the sultan was captured while his sons were able to escape. What would change if Timur captures as well all the osmanoglu and thus killing the ottoman royal family? I assume that while the Anatolian region will face a long civil war for the...
  17. WI: North African Roman Empire/Southern Roman Empire

    In 395 AD, the Roman Empire split up for good due to the death of Theodosius I. It divided into the Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire (a.k.a. Byzantine Empire.) What if there was another Roman Empire based in North Africa? What would it be called? What would its capital be? How...
  18. Bulgarian Sultanate

    Could Bulgaria become a sultanate between 700-850? How would Bulgaria be different from OTL? How would it affect history? (My first time here btw)
  19. Kilij Arslan I lives longer?

    Kilij Arslan I, sultan of Rum, was the first Muslim leader to face the Crusaders, being defeated by them during the First Crusade but eventually scoring a victory in 1101. He was defeated in a battle near Mosul in 1107 and drowned in a river shortly after at the age of 27. What if he hadn't...
  20. Slavs/Avars take Thessalonica in 615/617?

    While the Sasanians were running amok in Syria and Anatolia during their climatic final war against the Eastern Roman Empire, the Slavs (615) and later a combined force composed of them and the Avars (617) tried to capture Thessalonica, probably the empire's second most important city in the...
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