Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Greek Empire of Byzantium!


   The origins of the great civilization known as the Byzantine Empire can be traced to 330 A.D., when the Roman emperor Constantine I dedicated a “new Rome” on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium.
The Byzantine Empire flag.

   Though the western half of the Roman Empire crumbled and fell in 476, the eastern half survived for 1,000 more years, spawning a rich tradition of art, literature and learning and serving as a military buffer between the states of Europe and the threat of invasion from Asia. 

Agia Sofia in its original look.
   The Byzantine Empire finally fell in May 29 1453, after an Ottoman army stormed Constantinople during the reign of Constantine XI.
Agia Sofia After the Ottoman occupation, having become a mosque.
   The video below describes the rise and fall, with very interesting - and for many people unknown - information. Watch and learn. 
   Below the English version (translation) of the video is the original, in Russian with Greek subs.

   The original in Russian:

   Turkey recently announced that after nearly one hundred years of operation Agia Sophia as a museum, at this year's anniversary of the Fall, on May 29, will reopen as a mosque - provoking reactions from Putin (Russia) and Merkel (Germany) but also within Turkey, from the millions of its residents who are of the white race.

   These "white" inhabitants of present-day Turkey are of Ionian origin (Iones = ancient Greek tribe), and are Muslims now (600 years ago the 'fathers' were Christians, 2000 years ago their 'grandparents' believed in the Olympian gods...) 
The Greek gods.

   The other two tribes of Turkey are: 
   1) the Mongols (Erdogan, Davutoglu) and 
   2) the Arabs (from Kurdistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria...)
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