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Preparing for Byzantium

For background reading on the history of Byzantium, you might consider:

Consider also how Byzantium inspired Yeats with this NYTimes Video  and then read the Yeats poem (you may recognize a recent cinematic use of that first line!): "Sailing to Byzantium".

Finally, if you're curious how the life of Anna Comnena inspired a young-adult novel, try: Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett.