Romaioi and Teukroi, Hellenes and Barbaroi, Europe and Asia: Mehmed the Conqueror Kayser-i Rum and Sultan al-barrayn wa-l-bahrayn

BY Johannes Koder

Mehmed the Conqueror devised "historical" and ideological justifications for his conquest of Constantinople.

Throughout history, the Ottoman triumph over Byzantium (1453), has been interpreted by Christians as a punishment sent by God. In the years following his conquest, Mehmed II the Conqueror helped to develop this ideology. His interest in history, as well as his fascination with the city of Constantinople, is well preserved, as is his apparent need to justify and explain his deeds in the stories... View Full Summary