Byzantine Empire: a “Big Alien” or “Another I”?

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THE BYZANTINE HERITAGE “TRACES” ARE INVISIBLY PRESENT IN VARIOUS SPHERES OF OUR LIFE – FROM THE HOUSEHOLD MILIEU TO POLITICS, FASHION, AND HIGH ART. PICTURED LEFT: EMPRESS THEODORA, A MOSAIC IN THE BASILICA OF SAN VITALE (RAVENNA, ITALY). PICTURED RIGHT: JEWELRY FROM THE DOLCE & GABBANA COLLECTION /  Photo from the website ARCHAE.RU

Andrii Domanovskyi on differences in the reception of Tsarhorod-Constantinople’s cultural heritage in Kyiv, Moscow, and Western Europe.

The Byzantine heritage is an integral part of present-day European identity. Its “traces” are invisibly present in various spheres of our life – from the household milieu to politics, fashion, and high art. At the same time, perhaps no other period of European history appears in our consciousness in such a contradictory and illusory image as the Byzantine Empire does. The book Return to Tsarhorod, published past year under the general editorship of the Den/The Day’s editor-in-chief Larysa Ivshyna, is an attempt to fill the “personal void of ignorance” and to shed light on, among other things, historical, political, and cultural ties with the Byzantine Empire.

However, although the publication of this book was a conclusion of sorts, this in no way means that the “Byzantine subject” is exhausted. For this reason, we offer our readers an interview with Andrii DOMANOVSKYI, a leading Ukrainian Byzantinist, Candidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor at the Vasyl Karazin Kharkiv National University.

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