What Does Byzantine Mean?

Byzantine means “characteristic of Byzantine.” But what is Byzantine? Today, it is Istanbul Turkey but before that it was Constantinople and before that it was… you got it… Byzantine. And during the era of the great Byzantine Empire (5th and 6th centuries) certain styles were developed. There were fabrics, domes, arches, mosaics and marble veneer placed upon walls. A Christian culture of Biblical times from that era is also referred to as Byzantine. “Byzantine Romans” is also used, as is the expression, the “Roman Empire of Byzantium”.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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