Yet it is exactly this freshness which we can find in the past. I think you all know my favorite period.
On this feast day of Saint Vassilis, we can also celebrate a man whose tenacity and good looks saw him rise from the forests of Macedonia to the imperial throne of New Rome.
Was Vassilis the First (a.k.a. Basil I) the one primarily responsible for the new golden age of Byzantium which flowered in the late ninth century?
Well, he was clearly someone who knew, instinctively, how to be in the right place at the right time. And thanks to some great marketing, particularly from his grandson, he got pride of place in the history books.
But I think he had some great women behind him. And anyone who travelled the road he did must have had some pretty amazing encounters. Here is my take on his story.