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There is no such thing as the Byzantine Empire

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The preface of J. B. Bury’s A History of the Later Roman Empire from Arcadius to Irene begins as follows:

There is no period of history which has been so much obscured by incorrect and misleading titles as the period of the later Roman Empire. It is, I believe, more due to improper names than one might at first be disposed to admit, that the import of that period is so constantly misunderstood and its character so often misrepresented. For the first step towards grasping the history of those centuries through which the ancient evolved into the modern world is the comprehension of the fact that the old Roman Empire did not cease to exist until the year 1453. The line of Roman Emperors continued in unbroken succession from Octavius Augustus to Constantine Palaeologus.


Written by uncudh

February 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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  1. I agree. Roman empire ends when the Turks got into Constantinople.
    Byzantine is a made up empire.


    January 15, 2012 at 5:09 am

  2. Indeed. I understand the need to differentiate between the early and late Roman Empire, but historically speaking they never referred to themselves as anything but the Roman Empire. I, personally, think of them as the Eastern Roman Empire. The title “Byzantine Empire” has always irritated me.

    Mike Boros

    June 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

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