Thursday, October 28 2021
Few Clouds
15.8°C New York

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turk drill

The Antalya station issued a navigational telex (Navtex) late on Friday announcing that the Turkish ship Oruc Reis will carry out seismic surveys in an area north of Cyprus. The Oruc Reis, accompanied by the Ataman and Cengiz Han support ships, will be operating in the region until December 21. 

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1. It wasn’t called the Byzantine Empire until after it fell.
The term “Byzantine Empire” came into common use during the 18th and 19th centuries, but it would’ve been completely alien to the Empire’s ancient inhabitants. For them, Byzantium was a continuation of the Roman Empire, which had merely moved its seat of power from Rome to a new eastern capital in Constantinople. Though largely Greek-speaking and Christian, the Byzantines called themselves “Romaioi,” or Romans, and they still subscribed to Roman law and reveled in Roman culture and games. While Byzantium later developed a distinctive, Greek-influenced identity as the centuries wore on, it continued to cherish its Roman roots until its fall. Upon conquering Constantinople in 1453, the Turkish leader Mehmed II even claimed the title “Caesar of Rome.”