Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos was born 8 February 1405 and died 29 May 1453, reigning as the last Byzantine Emperor.[1][2][3] and was a member of the Palaiologos dynasty from 1449 until he died in battle during the Fall of Constantinople. He eventually turned out to be a legend to the Greek people and was included in Greek folklore with the name Marble Emperor who would have said to awake and restore the Byzantine Empire and Constantinople from the Ottoman Empire.[4] The Roman Empire was marked as the end when it continued for 977 more years after the Western Roman Empire fell.[5][6]

References Edit

  1. Donald MacGillivray Nicol, The last centuries of Byzantium, 1261–1453 (Cambridge: University Press, 1993), p.369
  2. A.Vasiliev, History of the Byzantine Empire, 324–1453, volume 2 (1958), p.589
  3. William J. Duiker, Jackson J. Spielvogel, World History, Volume I (2009), p.378
  4. David Nicolle, John F. Haldon, Stephen R. Turnbull, The fall of Constantinople: the Ottoman conquest of Byzantium, Osprey, 2007, p.191
  5. Donald M. Nicol (9 May 2002). The Immortal Emperor: The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos, Last Emperor of the Romans. Cambridge University Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-521-89409-8. "Constantine's death marked the end of an institution that traced its origins back to the reign of Constantine the Great in the fourth century, ..." 
  6. George W. White, Nationalism and territory: constructing group identity in Southeastern Europe (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), pp.124
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