byzantine empire

  1. 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...
  2. ERE reconquers Egypt in 646 AD?

    Four years after the fall of Alexandria to the Arab troops led by Amr ibn al-A'as, the young emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, Constans II made an attempt to recapture the rich province of Egypt, which grew the grain that fed the population of Constantinople. The expedition, led by an officer...
  3. Eparkhos

    The Persian Dynasty of Byzantium: A TLIAW
    Threadmarks: Konstantinos VII (838-853)

    The Persian Dynasty of Byzantium Konstantinos VII Theophobos (838-853) Mikhael II had been an usurper, plain and simple. In 820 several of his friends and allies had burst into the Imperial chapel during the Christmas mass and hacked the basileus to pieces, even as he defended himself with a...
  4. Constantine V conquers Bulgaria?

    Constantine V was one of, if not the, best emperor of the Byzantine Isaurian dynasty. He was a competent administratior and, most famously, launched several campaigns against the Bulgars, but despite scoring many victories (and some defeats) and their turmoil, he failed to subjugate them. What...
  5. WI Manuel Komnenos dies at Myriokephalon?

    The Battle of Myriokephalon was the Byzantine Empire's last, unsuccessful attempt to reconquer the interior of Anatolia from the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. However, although they lost around a quarter of their forces in the battle, it wasn't a really severe defeat for their military, who managed...
  6. That must be the 100000th thread about a plausible Byzantine wank, but I NEED to ask this...

    Okay, let's pretend that Justinian chose to not conquer the west for whatever reason that is (anti-barbarian sentiment, I don't know) and focus in the eastern border with Persia. The effects of the plague are less worse than OTL and the empire was able to survive the arabic conquests (but the...
  7. Effects of Iconoclasts "winning" in the Byzantine Empire?

    Let's say that Iconoclasm is never abandoned by the Byzantine Empire. What are the effects of this? Here's some I can think of: -The East-West Schism probably happens earlier. -Italian regions of the empire might break away. -Eastern European Christianity is largely Iconoclastic. -Byzantine...
  8. Iron_Lord

    Alternate Capitals of the Eastern Roman Empire?

    What would be some good alternate Capitals of the Eastern Roman empire? I imagine that a City controlling the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles straight would do well. What do you guys think?
  9. Middle East/North Africa without 1204 Siege

    Good evening. As it says on the title what would the Middle East look like if the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 is avoided? For starters either the crusaders avoid Constantinople, and also avoid sacking Zara or at least stay on good terms with the Pope somehow. Regardless the don't get...
  10. Things to consider when making an Alternate Emperor Alexios I Komnenos timeline

    What are some possible scenarios that can happen to his reign?
  11. Eparkhos

    Byzantium Resurrected: A Second Alexiad

    In 1294, the ambitious prince Theodoros Palaiologos was bribed into submission by his brother, the emperor Andronikos II, taking a woman from the House of Libadarios and receiving lands in western Anatolia. What if this marriage never took place? Table of Contents Andronikos II...
  12. What if the Byzantine Komnenoi were never overthrown by the Angeloi?

    Introduction: The Komnenos dynasty presided over an era of prosperity for the Byzantine Empire known as the Komnenian Restoration. Their overthrow led to the rise of the incompetent house of Angelos, which failed to stop the Turks, Bulgarians, and Crusaders, and Isaac II Angelos' Latin-backed...
  13. Caravels of Portugal

    WI: A surviving Byzantine Empire and its effects on world history

    Suppose the Byzantine Empire successfully defeated the burgeoning, nascent Ottoman Empire when it was still a confederation of Turkish beyliks in Anatolia and managed to reclaim lost territory from the beyliks. What would the effects of a surviving Byzantine Empire on world history? Would the...
  14. Gothicus

    WI: Nogai Khan Becomes Roman Emperor?

    Nogai Khan, the de facto ruler of the Golden Horde in the late 13th century, was a very unique figure among Mongol warlords and he had a very interesting history with the Byzantines under Emperor Michael VIII. After a short raid into Thrace in 1265, Michael gave him his daughter’s hand in...
  15. Alpha_North

    Bulgaria Shall Not Fall: Old Great Bulgaria TL
    Threadmarks: CHAPTER ONE: AN OATH OF SONS

    Chapter One: An Oath of Sons "Heed me, my sons, as when I am no longer here, you shall either lead our people to greatness or to despair." - Khan Kubrat in the 16th-century play Sons of Bulgaria "The Bulgarian Oath" by Dobri Bozhilov Khan Kubrat of Great Bulgaria was approaching his dying...
  16. Basileus_Komnenos

    DBWI: No Plantagenet Dual Monarchy of England and France

    How would the politics of Europe change without the formation of the Plantagenet Dual Monarchy otherwise Known as the Royal Plantagenet Commonwealth or the Plantagenet Empire change the history and geopolitical situation of Europe? The Dual Monarchy officially traces its origin to King Henri V...
  17. Holy Roman Empire seen as a real Roman Empire?

    Holy Roman Empire is usually seen as an imposter to the Roman Empire (Byzantines being the true heir). What would it take for the HRE to be seen as a worthy successor state to the Roman Empire?
  18. KingOnTheEdge

    DBWI: Byzantines Dont Discover Gunpowder Before The First Crusade

    Otl, gunpowder was discovered independently in the byzantine empire, and in contemporary china, most dating the difference by only 70 years, in favor of China. In any case, the Byzantines were in dire straits, and Alexios Kommenos ordered as much development of the explosive powder into weapons...
  19. Venetian-Greek / Catholic-Orthodox relationship. 9th to 16th century
    Threadmarks: Venetian-Byzantine

    I had an Idea, but needs a few pointers to finalize what I had envisioned: Earlier and more 'fair' greaco-venetian trade before the first crusade, no Greek Massacre of the Latins 1182 - no Fourth Crusade in 1204 aimed at orthodox Byzantium, more east-west christian cooperation against Muslim...
  20. What are some maps of An Age of Miracles - Revival of Rhomaion that go in chronological order?

    By the way, I love that story.
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