Byzantine commonwealth

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Byzantine Commonwealth is a term coined by 20th-century historians to refer to the area where Byzantine liturgical and Byzantine cultural tradition general influence was spread during the Middle Ages by Byzantine missionaries.

This area covers approximately the modern-day countries of Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, southwestern Russia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Belarus.

The most important treatment of the concept is a study by Dimitri Obolensky, The Byzantine Commonwealth.[1] In his book Six Byzantine Portraits he examined life and works of six persons mentioned in the The Byzantine Commonwealth.[2]


  1. ^ Obolensky, Dimitri, The Byzantine Commonwealth: Eastern Europe, 500-1453. (1971)
  2. ^ Obolensky, Dimitri, Six Byzantine Portraits. (1988)
  • Meyendorff, John (1983), The Byzantine Legacy in the Orthodox Church. St Vladimir's Seminary Press, ISBN 0-913836-90-7.