Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Romiosini

Romiosini - A series of essays on Byzantine history by Nikolaos Provatas and Yiannis Papadimas, with a chronology of the Eastern Roman Empire, list of emperors, maps, gallery of icons and bibliography.

From the site:

This homepage is intended to outline the history and culture of "Romiosini", a word signifying "Hellenism in the Middle ages". We will cover the history of Romiosini from its foundations to the fall of Constantinople, touching also on the effect of the Greek East on the European renaissance. The motivation for this project stems from the observation that history of Romiosini, while intriguing, is insufficiently represented and more often than not, it is overlooked. What follows, however, is by no means an exhaustive study of this period. This homepage is designed simply as a small, clear and concise survey of the major aspects of this era, and, we hope, as a directional tool that will better assist the interested student and scholar of history in his/her investigation of the Greek Middle Ages. Areas of interest include: Culture, Language, Politics, Art, Science, Law, the Church, etc. Also included in this projects are links to other sources relevent to the history of Hellenism during the Middle Ages, some of them indeed much more exhaustive than this.

A word about the name "Romiosini". The modern term by which many historians refer to Hellenism in the Middle ages is "Byzantine Civilization". Strictly speaking this expression is wrong since the citizens of the Greek Roman East did not generally refer to themselves as Byzantines, but rather as "Romans". For the sake of historical accuracy it would be desirable to avoid as much as possible the term "byzantine", in favour of the term "Roman" or "Romios". On the other hand, the term "byzantine" has become so entrenched within the phraseology of Medieval studies, that to do so entirely would be impossible.

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