I also joined the site to follow this series.
They probably consider it an interregnum, similar to how Cromwell's Commonwealth of Britain doesn't mean the British Crown stopped drawing lineage from William the Conqueror.Re-reading this timeline at work and I'm curious about the historiography of Rhomania ITTL vis-a-vis the Latin Empire. ITTL the Latin Empire was ruling Constantinople/surrounding areas from 1204 til Theodoros was crowned Emperor of the Romans in 1273.
My question is this: ITTL the Byzantines/Rhomans of the modern day consider themselves Roman dating back to the original partition of the Roman Empire in 395 AD and before that. They are as "Roman" as Augustus and Constantine the Great were.
How do non-Byzantines look at the Latin Empire of 1204-1273? Do they look it the post-1273 restored Byzantine Empire as a totally separate "Greek-Turkish State" and the Roman Empire of Justinian/Basil II ending in 1204 with the 4th Crusade or do they follow the Byzantine logic that the empire of the 21st Century is the same empire of the 4th Century?
They can also just look at it as another civil war that happened to include an foreign invader who took the capital. Technically the Rhoman state survived in each of the breakaway states and the most powerful, the Nicaean claimant, took the capital, kicked out the foreign barbarians, and unified the people. It was just a very long civil war but technically so was the Triune's 80 years war.They probably consider it an interregnum, similar to how Cromwell's Commonwealth of Britain doesn't mean the British Crown stopped drawing lineage from William the Conqueror.
A closer comparison would be modern China though. Ruled by communists, it still considers itself just as Chinese as the Qin Dynasty.
I’ll be honest. I do enjoy A New and Ancient World, but I don’t fanatically follow it like I do with regular updates.I hope people are enjoying the special updates. People are still supporting me, which is awesome and thank you, but sometimes it feels like I’m whistling into the void there since there aren’t any responses. Are people liking A New and Ancient World? It’s been a slow burn so far, I admit. Things will pick up in the next chapter, but I’m finding it harder to write than I expected when I started.
One idea I have is to do a rewrite of the pre-1400 part of the TL, which is of much lower quality than the rest, into a more detailed and comprehensive narrative. But I’m unsure if I should work on that instead of A New and Ancient World or have the two side by side. The difficulty with ‘historical’ special updates is coming up with good topics.
Have the Syrian Greeks been left alone along enough to develop their own dialect/culture?The Antioch-Aleppo region and most of the coastal cities, particularly the larger ones such as Tripoli, Tyre, and Acre are majority Greek Orthodox. Most of the coastal Greeks south of Alexandretta are descendants of inhabitants of western Anatolia that Helena I transferred early in her reign to populate the devastated area.
I do not believe that modern greek will have many dialects in ittl due to the fact many dialects iotl have risen because of the Balkanization of the greek world..so in other words there will be no dialects in the imperial Heartland(with the exception of tsakonian because it's doric greek not koine greek) but with the expansion into asia we may see dialects ariseHave the Syrian Greeks been left alone along enough to develop their own dialect/culture?