Byzantine Walls

Strengthening Culture and Civilization

A Cultural Oasis

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Byzantine Walls introduced an oasis of learning and culture in the middle of centuries-long barbarity in the East and the West. As Runciman describes this, “Constantinople was a great cosmopolitan city where along with merchandise ideas were freely exchanged and whose citizens saw themselves not as a racial unit but as the heirs of Greece and Rome, hallowed by the Christian faith.”

We live today in conditions not very different. On the one hand, our life is described by a western civilization that fails to fulfil human expectations, despite all the scientific and technological achievements, surrendered as it is to the magic of power, to an animal-like survival. On the other hand, nations with inhuman religions either betray even that and succumb to the western cult of selfish prosperity, or remain blindly attached to their customs.

Constantinople as the Byzantine City may not exist today, but Byzantium as a culture continues to be an oasis, combining will to power with love for truth, questioning, living faith and solidarity, uniting all the aspects of life and raising man to whatever is most worthy.





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HOMER ||| HESIOD ||| ORPHICA ||| ARCHILOCHUS ||| SAPPHO ||| ALCAEUS ||| ANAXIMANDER ||| XENOPHANES ||| HERACLITUS ||| PARMENIDES ||| EMPEDOCLES ||| ANAXAGORAS ||| AESCHYLUS ||| SOPHOCLES ||| EURIPIDES ||| THUCYDIDES ||| HERODOTUS ||| ARISTOPHANES ||| PLATO ||| ARISTOTLE

THE GREEK OLD TESTAMENT (SEPTUAGINT) ||| THE NEW TESTAMENT

EPISTLE TO DIOGNETUS ||| IGNATIUS THEOPHORUS ||| CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA ||| ORIGEN ||| PLOTINUS ||| ATHANASIUS THE GREAT ||| GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN ||| BASIL THE GREAT ||| GREGORY OF NYSSA ||| MACARIUS THE GREAT ||| ECUMENICAL SYNODS : THESYMBOL OF FAITH ||| CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA ||| PROCLUS ||| ROMANOS MELODOS ||| DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE ||| MAXIMUS CONFESSOR ||| PETER DAMASCENE ||| SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN ||| GREGORY PALAMAS ||| NICHOLAS CABASILAS ||| MANUEL II PALAEOLOGUS ||| GENNADIUS SCHOLARIUS

DIONYSIOS SOLOMOS ||| CAVAFY ||| PAPATSONIS



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