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The Holy Wisdom of the Romans

Istanbul is a city of layers. Surrounded by clusters of skyscrapers, its business districts form the outer crust. Further in, identically patterned apartment buildings rub shoulders with European style palaces where Empire gave way to industrialisation and democracy. 2,971 more words


November 13, 565 CE: Basilica Cistern; 1988: Sewage in Santa Monica Bay; 2003: Death of Sewer Worker

November 13, 565 AD: End of the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, builder of the Basilica Cistern. “The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı – Sunken Palace, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı – Sunken Cistern), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. 406 more words


TDISH: A Peasant For Emperor

On August 1, 527, the a new Emperor and Empress came to power in the Byzantine Empire – Justinian I and Theodora.  The pair would become known for their numerous achievements despite reigning during a tumultuous period of Byzantine history.  254 more words

This Date In Strange History

Feast of Alfred the Great (October 26)

Above:  Map of England in 878

Image in the Public Domain



King of the West Saxons

An old saying tells that power wears down those who do not have it.   858 more words


Bysans och klimatförändringar

Den tyska tidningen Spiegel uppmärksammar en kanadensisk dokumentär från 2013 som handlar om 535-36 års köldknäpp, kanske mest känd från vår käre skrön- och krönikör Prokopios, men också från arkeologiska och… 251 more words

Justinian's Legacy

Justinian I, was a Byzatine Emperor who sought to revive the empire’s greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire, left behind an achievement that outlasted him and the Byzatine Empire. 307 more words


The day a bunch of hooligans almost toppled the Emperor

NOTE: When I wrote this I had not yet heard of Robin Pierson’s excellent “History of Byzantium” podcast. You can keep reading this if you like, but I think you’d be better off going and listening to the episode on the Nika Revolt, … 2,189 more words


DWD reblogged this on and that's the way it was and commented:

Technical problems have taken down attwiw.com central (actually I may still be able to do some blogging; the big loss is that I can't get to the freelance piece I'm working on), but luckily it's the right day to rerun one of my favorite "this day in history" posts I've done here so far. Enjoy!