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    Question Byzantine flags

    A quite bizzarre question...

    As I was searching for shields for the Byzantium Total War mod, I stumbled upon something interesting. The double headed eagle coat-of-arms of the Byzantines.

    Anyone know about this and where can I find a photo of it?!
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    Default Re: Byzantine flags

    This might help, Rome and Romania. What you want is towards the bottom, Chapter IV. FOURTH EMPIRE, LATE "ROMANIA/BYZANTIUM part C. THE LAST DAYS, 1261-1453, 192 years. The two headed eagle is called a Palaeologus after the founder of the Palaeologi dynasty, Michael VIII Palaeologus, who introduced it.
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    Default Re: Byzantine flags

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    It survives to the day. In fact it was the flag of N.Epirus in it's 1914 independent years:



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    Doesn't it remain the national symbol (or flag) of Romania currently?
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    No. It's used by Albania on it's flag but not Romania. The Romania I mentioned in my last post was what most people call Byzantium.
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    Ah, I must have missed that scanning all the posts. My apologies. I do know it the double-headed eagle symbolized the empire looking (growing) in two directions, the east and the west. It was only a hundred years after the fall of Rome that Byzantium reconquered(most) of the old empire.

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    The way I heard it described was that it looks to europa and asia as the emperor did from Contantinople.

    It was only a hundred years after the fall of Rome that Byzantium reconquered(most) of the old empire.
    Sorry I have to correct this.

    It was only a hundred years after the fall of western Rome that eastern Rome reconquered(most) of the old empire.
    Ah, that's better.
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    Thank you for the correction.
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    It was used by many european states that claim decent from and/or the imperial legacy of Romania. Like Russia and the Habsburg dynasty. Both which claimed the imperial legacy of Romania and the right to rule Constantinople. The ruling families (Habsburgs and Ruriks) had both married into the Palaeologi dynasty. For example Ivan the terribles grand-mother Zoe or Sophia was the daughter of Thomas Despot of Morea, younger brother of Constantine XI Dragases last Roman emperor. The Habsburgs besides having married into the Palseologi family also fancied themselfs the emperors of western Rome and thus had the right to rule the east.
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