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Coin of Emperor Constantine XI Palaeologus Dragasis

Constantinople does not win so much with multitudes and arms, as with her virtue and word

Manuel II Palaeologus




The Original Greek New Testament

I : The City, The Patriarchate, The Emperors

II : The Spirit

III : The Mission - Baptism of the Slavs

IV : Constantinople and the West

V : The Fall

VI : Typika of Constantinople Monasteries

VII : Books on Constantinople

Greek Literature - Ancient, Medieval, Modern

  For eleven hundred years there had stood on the Bosporous a city where the intellect was admired and the learning and letters of the classical past were studied and preserved. Without the help of Byzantine commentators and scribes there is little that we would know today about the literature of ancient Greece.

  It was too, a city whose rulers down the centuries had inspired and encouraged a school of art unparalleled in human history, an art that arose from an ever varying blend of the cool cerebral Greek sense of the fitness of things and a deep religious sense that saw in works of art the incarnation of the Divine and the sanctification of matter.

  It was too, a great cosmopolitan city where along with merchandise ideas were freely exchanged and whose citizens saw themselves not as a racial unit but as the heirs of Greece and Rome, hallowed by the Christian faith.

From: Steven Runciman, The Fall of Constantinople, 1453.

Greek Literature - Ancient, Medieval, Modern

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