November 14, 2010

Constantinople's Greatest Tragedy

The Siege of Constantinople, Moldovita Monastery, Romania

“The greatest tragedy in its vast and glorious tapestry is not the way in which it fell, but that it has been consigned to irrelevance, its voices unheeded and its lessons unlearned. For those who have eyes to see, however, the lonely Theodosian walls still stand, battered and abused, marching the long miles from the Sea of Marmara to the waters of the Golden Horn. There they serve as a fitting testament to that epic struggle five centuries ago, an unwavering reminder that the Roman Empire didn’t expire in the humiliation of a little Augustus but in the heroism of a Constantine.”

- Lars Brownworth, Lost to the West