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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

Archaeologists Uncover Gate of Biblical City of Gath

August 06, 2015  (Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk) A team of archaeologists, of the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath, have unearthed the entrance gate and fortification to the […]
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 6, 2015

Jewish Group in Israel Calls for Burning Down Churches

August 06, 2015 (Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news) The leader of a far-Right Israeli group has risked arrest by apparently voicing support for arson attacks on Christian churches amid an […]