This is just a thread opened for the discussion of the Byzantine Empire - Byzantium - should anyone wish to. Personally speaking I find this whole civilisation utterly fascinating - perhaps because it is not simply the bridge between the ancient and medaeival worlds - but also because it was such a glittering superpower at its heyday, around the 900's AD. 1453 will always sound like so sad a set of numbers. But feel free to celebrate the Byzantines with links and comments. I start by offering s good single resource: Byzantine Studies on the internet And in case anyone can answer, I've been trying for ages to locate the words to the Byzantine coronation ceremony. So far as I know, it refers to the "star of God" somewhere. I believe the work "De Administrando Imperio" written by the Byzantine Emperor, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, may actually include this - but I've not actually read in. In fact, I've just checked on amazon.com and found it's actually available in English - which is astonishing good news - last time I checked it was only available in either German or Latin, and I can't read either of those languages. I think I'm seriously going to have to buy this books. Can't afford it yet, but definitely something to look out for soon.