The rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire - Leonora Neville
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During the Byzantine Empire, Anna Komnene was a highly educated princess who devoted herself to her studies. She penned the Alexiad, which detailed the reign of her father Emperor Alexios I Komnenos. Check out this book, which explores her life as a philosopher, historian, and cunning political figure.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, two different "teams," known as the Blues and Greens, inhabited the Byzantine Empire. Originally sports' teams, they had transformed into complex alliances that historians continue to try to understand today—were they political parties? Religious adherents? Read this article from the Smithsonian to find out more.
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