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MICHAEL HURD:
Sinfonia Concertante
Thinking Aloud
Fall of Constantinople
On May 29, exactly 555 years ago today, Mehmet the Conqueror marched into Constantinople. We're talking with Professor Glen Cooper about how the Byzantine Empire influenced the modern world. If it weren't for Muslim scholars, it's likely we wouldn't be discussing people like Plato, Herodotus, or Homer today. From the ancient world to the modern, we'll discuss this particular flow of ideas and how the fall of Constantinople helped bridge the gap. —Original airdate: 5/29/2008

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