After being raided by the "friendly" crusaders, sacking our town, destroying our empire and leaving us with almost no navy or manpower, it would be easy for some fucking arabs to siege us...
>greeks claiming that our empire was something that they made AGAIN
>this is real
not sure how to feel
The Romans wouldn't have won against Macedon if it weren't for the other Greek states' support. But honestly, I'm glad cynocephalae happened, because we showed the Romans how to be Greeks and the Kingdom of Macedon then, was tyrranical.
Italians are traitors to the Roman throne, by making Germans, "legitimate" Romans.
Guess you weren't around when this was crowdfunded. Big discussion about once more monetizing the fruits of 4chan. We pointed to icanhazcheeseburger and moved on, mad that we hadn't come up with the idea.
Haven't checked in a long time though. I see the hypercube is alive and well though.
It was the Macedonian zeal and them not changing their "tactics" which "copied" Alexander, and using almost only phalangites. If half these troops were Hypaspists, the battle would've been much different.
Hell, I'd fight for Rome back then, it might've not been Greek, but it was founded with Greek values.
HREians were not Franks, and Franks were Goths, so in extension, Germanics.
Who's your favourite Emperor? Mine's either Heraclius or Basil ll.
Frankly, the post-argead Macedonian Greeks were fucking assholes.
Charlemagne was a Frank, Franks descended from Goths.
Modern French are Germanics. Charlemagne didn't found the HRE.
Justinian, Basil and Alexius Komnenos.
Having more clay=/=greatness
Justinian spent all of the Empire's wealth and almost made it bankrupt just to reconquer Italy and some other former Roman lands only to lose them later on. This hurt them in the long run, especially during the war with the Sassanids.
>Seriously you mongol pollack?
Finally someone gets it.
>LOOK AT DEM PUSSIES, LOOK!
how does it feel i'm having fun at your city :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Abide to my standards, and not give the people that brought the unified Empire into ruin, the throne of said Empire. Plus, I couldn't technically do it since I couldn't crown anyone, as a Roman Emperor.
Are you a filthy pagan, then?
I also liked Theodore Laskaris the 2nd, but he wasn't a Byzantine Emperor, just a Nicean Emperor.
I can't mend the schism unfortunately.
>I'm a filthy human
Hey, you said it, not me...
>After the Iconomachy, the actual Christianity overcame
It was enough to give the Popes a valid reason not to trust Emperors in Constantinople.
>Theodora was only a regent
I was talking about Irene who was a sole ruler, but you're wrong about Thedora as well.
Take deep breaths.
BREAK THIS GAVUR THREAD UP, THE KAISER-I RUM HAS ARRIVED
The Pope was that much of an idiot, that he thought that Irene was not a leader, but a German Frank is a more legitimate king.
There had been distrust of the Patriarchy of Rome since the beginning. Since the Roman Church wanted eclesiastic power over all the other 4 Patriarchies. They did this by forging the Donation of Constantine.
Plus Irene was a good leader tbqh
>Post yfw Byzantium never experienced lame-ass economic and social troubles like we see in modern-day Greece in more than 1500 years of history.
I wonder, if Justinian didn't totally fuck up Italy with his campaigns, could've Italy possibly gone the way of France?
Like, being ruled by some Germanic leaders for a while during the post WRE collapse turmoil, to then unify into a single unit like it already was and go on from there on our way instead of being fragmented into little city states.
I mean, Italian city states were cool but this fragmentation certainly didn't help in terms of geopolitical relevance.
What? Justinian was an infallible emperor in his conquests, he and Belisarius did the opposite of fucking up in Italy. It's just that the Byzantines couldn't keep fighting 2 front wars all the time.