byzantine

  1. AHC/WI: Eunuchs in Western Europe were accepted in Late Antiquity, and their influence continued to the modern days?

    In the Byzantine Empire and later the Ottoman Empire, not to mention Arabia and India, there was a long tradition of castrated males who served as "non-gendered" or "a-gendered" servants to high-ranking females, and were called "Eunuchs". They were technically a member of a male human social...
  2. What if the Byzantine Komnenoi were never overthrown by the Angeloi?

    Introduction: The Komnenos dynasty presided over an era of prosperity for the Byzantine Empire known as the Komnenian Restoration. Their overthrow led to the rise of the incompetent house of Angelos, which failed to stop the Turks, Bulgarians, and Crusaders, and Isaac II Angelos' Latin-backed...
  3. Eparkhos

    Under the Comet's Tail: A Timeline

    The Crucible Century By Klara N. Kawakatus Markus Sverre University, Stadakona Campus 12/18/2019 The course of the modern world was radically altered during the years between 1279 and 1426, often called the ‘Bloody Century’ due to the many deaths caused by the great political, social and...
  4. Expansion of Islam in case of a Recovered Persia and Roman Empire?

    Had there been delays or a shift in schedule of events so that the Persians and Romans had enough time to recover from their war, how much would the Caliphate be blunted in their conquests? Would they shift more of their energy into the South (and perhaps East)? How long would it even take for...
  5. JustinianTheGrand

    DBWI: What if the Roman Empire lost against the Arabs?

    The Roman Empire is undeniably the most powerful nation in the Mediterranean, controlling Anatolia, Italy, The Balkan Peninsula, Egypt, and the rest of North Africa. However there was one moment in history when the empire seemed on the verge of losing everything, Islam had risen in Arabia and...
  6. Gothicus

    Mongol Byzantium

    The idea of the Mongols (or an independent Mongol warlord) taking over Constantinople, adopting Greek traditions, converting to Orthodoxy, and subsequently establishing a new Eastern Roman dynasty during the 13th century is commonly brought up, but how and when could this happen, and who could...
  7. DBWI: How could the Byzantine Empire collapse?

    Today, the Byzantine Empire (also known as the Kingdom of Rhomanoi), is a world player, with a seat on the UN Security Council. It is widely considered the most powerful state in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, stretching from the Danube in the west to the Euphrates in the east. Although it...
  8. AdamNeuser

    [DISCUSSION] The Umayyad Caliphate wins the siege of Constantinople (717-718)

    The Siege of Constantinople in 717 AD was the Umayyad Caliphate's major combined arms offensive against the Roman Empire. And one of the largest sea and land military operations across the entire medieval era. The decision to lay siege to the city came about mostly as a result of an extended...
  9. Destiny of Lombard Italy without Islam?

    Imagine that Muhammad never existed or at least he didn’t kick off the Islamic movement. How would things evolve on the Italian Peninsula in the 7th and 8th centuries? To what degree would a second ERE reconquista be likely, decisively ousting the Lombards from Italy? I mean, ERE would only have...
  10. GauchoBadger

    WI: Successful Bulgarian uprising of Peter Delyan?

    Peter Delyan was a Bulgarian noble from Byzantine Balkans who, in 1040, claimed descent from the last Bulgarian Emperor, Samuel I, and rose up in rebellion against the central Byzantine imperial administration with local support, aiming to restore Bulgaria's independence. His revolt was the only...
  11. Višeslav

    No ottomans, who, if anyone replaces the Bzyantines

    The main question is just the title. The way I see it, post-manzikert, the Byzantines were more or less doomed to decline (feel free to correct this if you see it as wrong) but without the ottomans, they would not have done so as quickly and, of course, if they did decline, would be replaced by...
  12. Eparkhos

    A New Alexiad: Tarkhaneiotes Triumphant

    Hello, all. As you can tell by the title, this is not my first attempt at this TL. The first three all fell apart due to my inability to schedule and critical research failure. I'm going to try it again, but I don't know when I'll be able to start writing again, hopefully it'll be before 7 July...
  13. Ulyanovsk

    Not Another Byzantine Timeline! - Interest Thread

    As summer approaches and my real life obligations start to wind down, I find myself wanting start another timeline. My first was Triumph of the Gael (in my signature below) where I tackled Brian Boru surviving the Battle of Clontarf. While I enjoyed creating the timeline, I felt the niche nature...
  14. JustinianTheGrand

    What if the Pope declared a Crusade against the Ottomans after the fall of Constantinople?

    Sorry wrong thread i dont know how to delete this. I'm putting another one in the proper place
  15. GauchoBadger

    WI: Pletho's "Peloponnesian Reforms" are implemented?

    Georgius Gemistus Pletho was a Byzantine scholar and intellectual from the late 14th till early 15th century who appears to have had an influence on the "neoclassical" elements of the Renaissance. In the 1410's, Pletho proposed a bill of reforms to the Byzantine emperor and aristocracy, in...
  16. Effects of a "No Islam" Scenario on Europe?

    Hello all I was curious about how a region like Europe that was largely seperate from the Muslim world would develop over the coming centuries? For a POD I'm going to assume that Mohammed simply doesn't start preaching this 'new' religion and lives out a regular life,(or maybe he's never...
  17. GauchoBadger

    WI: More successful John Kourkouas?

    John Kourkouas was a more-or-less popular but definitely underrated Byzantine nobleman and general notable for his campaigns in Armenia and northern Syria, securing the empire's eastern border and extending its influence towards the Euphrates, and even beyond. At one point, his political schemes...
  18. Impact of this Byzantine Empire surviving to the present day

    Let's say that Justinian's conquests were much more successful and the Roman empire was able to hold on to the pictured territories permanently. How powerful would this Byzantium be on the world stage? What do you see being the major cities of this empire in the modern day? How would...
  19. AHC: Turkic dynasty of Byzantine Emperors

    Is this actually possible? Do you need a POD where some Turkic tribes are more drawn to Orthodox Christianity and speaking Medieval Greek rather than Islam and speaking Persian or Turkic languages and actually integrate into Byzantine Empire. I know there were Slavic and Armenian dynasties...
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