“The universal verdict of history is that it constitutes, without a single exception, the most thoroughly base and despicable form that civilisation has yet assumed.” What is Irish historian W.E.H. Lecky describing in 1869?

Answer: The Byzantine Empire (330-1453 CE). The Byzantines were routinely attacked by Victorian historians as betraying all that was best about Ancient Greek and Rome, though most modern historians consider this grossly unfair.

Source: A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich

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