Book Recommendation: Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth
The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization
We wouldn't know of the ancient Greeks today if it wasn't for the Byzantine Empire. In fact we might not even have this great western world without it either.
The Greeks are again right in the middle of another important historical time. Without Byzantium we not only would have lost our knowledge of the ancients but we wouldn't have the modern world we have today. City layout codes and hospitals are just a few things we have because of them.
This book lets you realize that you have another reason to be proud of your ancestors. Lars takes you through what life was like during those times. This really is a must read.