A song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
I finished all 5 books that are out to date in 1 month. Most epic book series i have ever read.
you don't even have to like fantasy to enjoy them.
Yes this East-roman empire is direct offshoot of Great Roman empire,when emperon Constantin the Great move capital from Rome to Constantinope.Its almost 1000 Empire with highs in many arts(look St.Sophia church) and great power in Europe at allA Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
It's a history book about the Byzantine Empire, an empire centered around the fortified city of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) for over 1,000 years. I saw it at a used book store and picked it up on a whim.
Ostensibly the Byzantine Empire was a Christian theocracy, but in reality there was a ton of stuff of cloak-and-dagger power games going on, backstabbing, torture, murder, sleazy stuff, you name it pretty much. That's why I like reading about this time period honestly lol.
This guy's life serves as a good general example of some of the kind of stuff that was going on: banged everything that moved, took his own niece as a mistress, murdered a kid to become emperor, mutilated/killed tons of enemies and, at the end, was tortured for several days and ultimately torn limb-from-limb by angry mob. And he was the emperor lol!
Ever read "In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio" by Phillipe Bourgois? I highly recommend it.Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed
by David Farber