Any one else grow up reading dads Asterix comics?
Fucking Crusaders and Turks
The whole story makes me so fucking mad
>Alexios Angelos asks the Crusaders for help in some petty power struggle
>the Pope specifically orders the kings not to attack Constantinople, and in fact tells them to not even go near the city
>they ignore him, and lie to their soldiers and telling them that the Pope has commanded them to attack Constantinople in the name of God
>the Crusaders sack the city
>first time it has EVER been sacked
>thousands of priceless books, artifacts,paintings, sculptures....all destroyed or looted
>Christian soldiers raping nuns, breaking holy relics, burning churches, defiling the tombs of saints
>Taking turns fucking prostitutes on the altar of the Hagia Sophia
Fucking bastards, all of them.
>Everything after that was a fall from grace until the sack of Rome twice in the 5th century AD.
Why do so many people just dismiss the 900+ years of Roman history after that? It's bizarre, the whole thing might as well have just vanished in the year 600 as far as modern culture is concerned.
The Western Roman Empire is popular because Europe and the US both like to claim it as part of their cultural heritage (just look at Washington DC).
The problem is that nobody wants to claim post-6th century Rome. It wasn't Catholic, so the mostly-Catholic West avoids it.The Greeks all seem to prefer their gay little city-states for some reason, and the Turks hate it because they're the ones who crushed it and because they associate it with "the West". Just look at that silly propaganda movie they made, where the Byzantines are all blonde white people (basically stand-ins for the evil decadent Westerners), the Turks are all noble heroes, and Sultan Mehmet is welcomed into Constantinople as a hero by the people and doesn't harm a hair on their heads.
Or maybe because relative to the traditional Roman empire, the Byzantines were terrible at conquering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GylVIyK6voU.
The Byzantine empire was mercilessly harassed by both the Arabic Caliphate, the Crusaders, and finally the Turks.
The actual Romans overcame almost all of their military enemies.
The Volsci. The Etruscans. The Latin League. Italy. Pyrrhus and the Greeks. Carthage and the Phoenicians. 750,000 Germans streaming over the Alps. Numidia. The Gauls. The Egyptians. The Judeans. Mesopotamia. The British Tribes. Numantia. Dacia. Even some of Germania.
All of this, starting from a small city located on several hills. All of this over the period of 500 years.
Not only this, but they unified most of these areas, Latinized them, stabilized them, and ultimately profited from their taxes and fighting-age men.
Comparing the Byzantines to the true Romani is an insult.
this is the Ribchester Helmet is a Roman bronze ceremonial helmet dating to between the late 1st and early 2nd centuries AD, which is now on display at the British Museum. It was found in Ribchester, Lancashire, England in 1796
>not paying debts justifies murder, rape, and the destruction of the greatest city in the Christian world
Thank god you're not running Germany, I'd hate to see what your policy for dealing with the Greeks would be.
Thank you. I have posted 90% of the pictures, so contribute your own stuff!
This show was so cool. Pity they couldn't afford to keep it going.
Yes it was. Still a great show to watch again and again.
Caesar receiving the face of Mars before his triumphal parade
The Sack of Rome occurred on August 24, 410. The city was attacked by the Visigoths led by King Alaric.
Q... >(what was the singularity that had the most devastating effect on Roman culture)
Roman culture is not what is as portrayed in mass media. The Romans are incorrectly portrayed as luxurious, tyrannical, ambitious monsters who gorge themselves on money and food.
This view is an exaggerated picture of what the *imperials* were like.
True Roman culture was epitomized in the mid Republic, especially when the Romans were down but not out. Cato the Elder, Cincinnatus, Scipio Africanus are a few names of men who were truly Roman. When the city heard of Hannibal streaming over the mountains with his army, in that moment Roman culture peaked.
Moderation, hard work, respecting ones ancestors and family, courage in battle, piety, and superstition. These are the qualities that define the Romans.
So to answer your question, true Roman culture was devastated most by the final and complete defeat of the Carthaginians at the hand of the Romans in 146BC (earlier defeating Hannibal at Zama in 202BC).
In this moment, the SPQR no longer had any large enemies to vie for power, no longer had a power to check its ambitions. This is when the moral degradation began, finally resulting in the crisis of the 3rd century AD.
From atop St. Petes acouple years ago.
You can see Hadrian's tomb St. Angelos Castle down by the Tiber.
I'll fuckin rek u m8, meet me at the campus matrius and say that shit to me
page of doom in under a day?
When a Roman legion is deployed, whether it be a manipular formation or a cohort formation, the "sides" (known as flanks) are well protected by cavalry.
Additionally, it is pure speculation, but it is not unreasonable to think that on the flanks, the first two or three ranks in could be facing outwards instead of frontwards if an attack came onto the flanks.
They're not nets but fuck huge awnings to keep the sun off of the crowd and yes, they are documented as real. The Colosseum still has the holes for the wooden masts. Sailors would be brought in to set up rigging and canvas to shade the crowd leaving the fighting area open to the sky; bathing it in sunlight. Having the spectators in the shade and the fighters in the sun supposedly also made the action easier to see.
After the Empire basically turned into a pseudo Catholic imperial state "Rome" was dead. What made the Romans great was swept away in the competing power of the Dux, Pope, and various barbarian "emperors" who claimed the throne. The Empire was dying when Constantine took power and it never came back.
Revolution against Lucius Tarquinius Superbus*
Sack of Rome in 390 BC
Battle of Adrianople in AD 324
Severus Alexander's assassination
Sack of Rome in AD 410
Plague of Justinian
Deposition of Justinian II in AD 695*
Sack of Constantinople in AD 1204
Fall of Constantinople in AD 1453
Of course all of these events had profound influence on the history of Rome, these three events were arguably the greatest (outside of the obvious founding and fall of Constantinople).
The creation of the Republic lived on in public memory for centuries and influenced the politics and ethos of the nation until Sulla came along and broke it asunder. Justinian II's removal led to twenty years of Hell by which the Empire had completely lost it's Latinate identity.
Imagine the 1204 sack didn't happen. Would the Eastern Romans (Byzantines) kept the Turks out of Asia Minor?
Would Columbus have searched for a western route if the Turks didn't control access to Asia in the late 15th century??
The world would look real different.
It is because western feudal barbarians listened to priests of Rome and Catholic HATED the Orthodox East more than anything. That lack of support meant the downfall of Byzantium and almost meant the downfall of west too if it wasn't for poor Slavs that guarded that shit later in spite of treasonous French rulers.
Imagine that. The fall of so many years of tradition because Catholics were salty over the fact that the Emperor was the true Pontifex Maximus instead of their gay little pope and his funny hat (among other reasons).
Such conflict still persists to this day. One should just look at Croats and Serbs.