This is a history of the wars between Byzantium and its
numerous foes, among them the Goths, Arabs, Slavs, Crusaders,
and Ottoman Turks. By the middle of the 6th century the
Byzantine emperor ruled a mighty empire that straddled
Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Within 100 years, this
powerful empire had been cut in half. Two centuries later the
Byzantine empire was once again a power to be reckoned... more...