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Humans of Byzantium: A Soldier

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"Came from a village near ancient Athens. Fought against the Arabs. Must say that killing in the name of Christ was tough decision. But our general comforted us with sweet-as-honey words" (Anonymous Byzantine soldier)

Humans of Byzantium: Maximus the Confessor

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I served under emperor Heraclius. But I gave up and became a monk.I studied all pagan philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, and neoplatonists. I think the Chalcedonians were right: Jesus had a human and a divine will. But for my teachings they sent me into exile, far away in Georgia.

Humans of Byzantium: Manuel Chrysoloras

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I loved philology and wrote a Greek grammar. My students loved me too and so, I learned Latin. I traveled in Europe for many years and understood that Byzantium is not alone. (Manuel Chrysoloras, diplomat and teacher)