the original banana republic

Abandoned Republic presents an archive of the Banana Republic Travel & Safari Catalogue from 1978 to 1988, before the brand went full corporate and the catalogues were discontinued. Vanity sometimes makes you stumble upon beautiful things. I was in urgent need of new clothes for a family photo session, given that my wardrobe had experienced …

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Byzantium: The Decline and Fall

Yesterday, December 24 at 11:48 at night, I finished reading the third and last volume of Byzantium. It is a story whose melancholy increases as we flip the pages. In this last volume, the Empire is like a bonfire (or a pyre?) whose refulgence is still intense and bright by the time of the arrival …

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Byzantium: The Apogee

This is volume II of III of the history of the Byzantine Empire. This volume, unlike the first one, covers a relatively short period of time: from the year 800 with the coronation of Charlemagne as Emperor of the Western Empire to Easter Day 1081, when Alexius Comnenus takes the reins of Byzantium. The Empire …

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Byzantium: The Early Centuries

“Our civilization has never adequately acknowledged the debt it owes to the Empire of the East”, writes John Julius Norwich in the introduction of this magnificent book. In very rare occasions, historians rise to the level of the history they are narrating. This is one of those occasions. We jump on the glorious vessel captained …

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