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Constantinople by Ancalagan Constantinople by Ancalagan
fisherman of eastern rome :o

The Byzantine Empire (or Byzantium) was the Eastern Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, centered on the capital of Constantinople.

Known simply as the "Roman Empire" (Greek: Βασιλεία Ῥωμαίων, Basileia Rhōmaiōn Latin: Imperium Romanum) or Romania (Ῥωμανία) to its inhabitants and neighbours, it was the direct continuation of the Ancient Roman State and maintained Roman state traditions.Byzantium is today distinguished from ancient Rome proper insofar as it was oriented towards Greek culture, characterised by Christianity rather than Roman polytheism and was predominantly Greek-speaking rather than Latin-speaking.
As the distinction between Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire is largely a modern convention, it is not possible to assign a date of separation; however, important points are the Roman Empire's administrative division into western and eastern halves in 285 by Emperor Diocletian (r. 284–305),[4] and Emperor Constantine I's (r. 306–337) decision in 324 to transfer the capital from Nicomedia (in Asia Minor) to Byzantium on the Bosphorus, which became Constantinople, "City of Constantine" (alternatively "New Rome").[n 1] The Roman Empire was finally divided in 395 AD after the death of Emperor Theodosius I (r. 379–395), thus this date is also very important if the Byzantine Empire (or Eastern Roman Empire) is looked upon as completely separated from the West. The transition to Byzantine history proper finally begins during the reign of Emperor Heraclius (r. 610–641), since Heraclius effectively established a new state after reforming the army and administration by introducing themes and by changing the official language of the Empire from Latin to Greek.[6]
As the Western Roman Empire decayed and fragmented into numerous separate kingdoms, the Byzantine Empire continued to survive, existing for more than a thousand years from its genesis in the 4th century until the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. During most of its existence, it remained one of the most powerful economic, cultural, and military forces in Europe, despite setbacks and territorial losses, especially during the Roman–Persian and Byzantine–Arab Wars. The Empire recovered during the Macedonian dynasty, rising again to become a preeminent power in the Eastern Mediterranean by the late 10th century, rivaling the Fatimid Caliphate.
After 1071, however, much of Asia Minor, the Empire's heartland, was lost to the Seljuk Turks. The Komnenian restoration regained some ground and briefly reestablished dominance in the 12th century, but following the death of Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos (r. 1183–1185) and the end of the Komnenos dynasty in the late 12th century the Empire declined again. The Empire received a mortal blow in 1204 from the Fourth Crusade, when it was dissolved and divided into competing Byzantine Greek and Latin realms.
Despite the eventual recovery of Constantinople and re-establishment of the Empire in 1261, under the Palaiologan emperors, Byzantium remained only one of many rival states in the area for the final 200 years of its existence. However, this period was the most culturally productive time in the Empire.[7] Successive civil wars in the 14th century further sapped the Empire's strength, and most of its remaining territories were lost in the Byzantine–Ottoman Wars, which culminated in the Fall of Constantinople and the conquest of remaining territories by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century.

They are returning from a rich day :) . done with indian ink and pen. original sizes are 70x 100 cm. the piece took a long time of mine to settle down all the buildings and such. due to .. well most of the buildings are in real size and locations. i might be add writings and numbers to discribe which building is which one in time.

Bİzans dönemi istanbulu resmetmek istemiştim. Çini mürekkebi ve kalemlerle yapıldı. 70 x100 cm orjinalini segiledim. burayada kasnaklamadan önce taratıp koyiym istedim. Daha sonraları başlıycağım osmanlı dönemi ve selçuklu dönemine ait çizimler için bir ilham versin diye yaptım :) . istanbulun osmanlı öncesi ve sonrası tarihini türkçe yazmama gerek yoktu sanırım. Bütün binalar , yapılar tek tek hangi binanın nerede olduğu araştırılarak yerleştirildi. günlerce sürdü bu araştırmam hehe
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PirraAiren Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2014   General Artist
What a cool picture!! If you were there... Shadows, glare.... or drawing on pictures of that time. Great job!!!Love 
Ancalagan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Pirra, glad you enjoyed it

really took some long time to develop and search all those buildings,  %90 of the buildings on that picture is accurate tbh :)

it was truly a pain.  but i love byzantine history
PirraAiren Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014   General Artist
Really great work)) Love Hug 
Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
 This is a wonderful window into a vanished world and a very fine image in it's own right; please accept my compliments!:) (Smile) 
Ancalagan Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sadly it has vanished..i cant keep my self thinking how great and glorius İstanbul could be if those buildings and the early Ottoman building endured.   

Thanks for the Compliments ,and the fav!
Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
 The Pleasure is mine and I shall do my best to work through your gallery so that I might bestow some others!:) (Smile)
Jfmam Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
An impressive explanation to accompany an impressive work! 
bizdikbirt Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
herkes söylemiş zaten diye yazmıcaktım ama dayanamadım harika olmuş, balıklar kıpır kıpır :D
Ancalagan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
çok teşekkürler :) 
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