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The Second Siege of Constantinople: July 717-August 718
(This is a guest cross-post from the amazingly funny and informative blog, GRAPHIC FIRING TABLE. Please take time to go visit that blog; I guarantee you wont be disappointed.)
I wanted to discuss this, possibly the most important military event between the Fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 and the Ottoman conquest of the city (and the final curtain on the “Roman” imperial polity) in 1453.
There’s a real problem with doing this in my usual way, and that’s that we have almost no record of the military actions of the Second Siege. I’ll get to this issue in the “Sources” section, but the accounts of the events of the tumultuous year that ended the Omayyad expansion into southeastern Europe are largely political or anecdotal in nature. The best we can do at this remove is make some…
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