- Dec 2009
As illustrated in the other thread (http://historum.com/medieval-byzantine-history/110759-when-de-facto-end-roman-empire.html) as well as countless ones before it, whether Byzantium is Rome or not is a frequent topic of discussion on this forum. I'd like to ask an historical question related to this: why do we care? Why does it matter if Byzantium was Rome? Cui bono from such a reading of history? Do national narratives or academic trends have a role here? Is it a crime to Byzantium that all we talk about is their Romanness? Is there even a fixed and unchanging Romanitas that we can speak of?