What do you do when life takes away half of your empire? Well, if you’re the Medieval Byzantines, you make comprehensive structural reforms to better manage a changing geopolitical landscape — And then you make an absolute crapload of mosaics.
Byzantines, Part 1: https://youtu.be/7LZbSbatwSg
Sources & Further Reading: John Julius Norwich’s “Byzantium: The Apogee”
FURTHER SOURCES: “A Short History of Byzantium” by John Julius Norwich.