medieval history

August 07, 2015 (Source: http://www.theamericanconservative.com)

The textbooks say the Byzantine Empire was a theocratic autocracy uniting church and state under an all-powerful emperor believed by the Byzantines to be God’s viceroy and vicar. Nonsense, says Anthony Kaldellis, professor of classics at Ohio State University. The Byzantine Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire and even of the Roman Republic. Its political ideology was fundamentally secular and grounded in the ancient Roman republican belief that government exists to serve the common good. Its people no longer had a legal role in the election of leaders or legislators, but they often played an extralegal role in the making and unmaking of emperors, whose legitimacy depended on popularity and not on a claim of divine right or constitutional correctness. Emperors therefore ruled pragmatically and not fanatically, often disappointing the Church to please the people.

This is fresh air for Orthodox Christians, who have had to bear the accusation of Byzantine theocracy longer than Western Christians have had to bear the accusations of the Crusades and the Inquisition. But Kaldellis’s The Byzantine Republic also provides useful criticism of modern Western political thinking, as well as portentous, if inadvertent, insight into progressive democratic thinking and where it will take us.

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August 7, 2015

Byzantine Empire or Republic?

August 07, 2015 (Source: http://www.theamericanconservative.com) The textbooks say the Byzantine Empire was a theocratic autocracy uniting church and state under an all-powerful emperor believed by the Byzantines […]
August 6, 2015

New Research on Causes of Viking Age

August 6, 2015 (Source: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk) The Viking hit-and-run raids on monastic communities such as Lindisfarne and Iona were the most infamous result of burgeoning Scandinavian maritime prowess […]
August 4, 2015

Red Marble Pillars and Early Bulgarian Communion Spoon Discovered in Excavations

August 04, 2015 (Source: http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com) A stone inscription in Greek has been discovered by the archaeologists excavating the ruins of a Christian bishop’s basilica in the Roman […]
July 3, 2015

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Calls for Expelling Palestinians

July 03, 2015 Well known Jewish Scholar and Talmudic expert, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, has called for the expulsion of Palestinians. Rabbi Ben-Dahan was the director-general of Israel’s Rabbinical […]