Byzantium Predictions Surprisingly Accurate
July 6, 2015
ISTANBUL – Archaeologists and historians sifting through recently discovered documents from medieval Byzantium have uncovered what appear to be prophecies dealing with our time. They were written by a woman shortly after the beginning of the second millennium.
Sophia Kabasilas was a noblewoman who was born circa 990 AD in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantium which sat on what is now Istanbul, Turkey. Little is known about her personal life other than that she rarely left the palace, she covered her hair and face with a veil and she is recorded to have died in 1030 AD.
“Sophia wrote about her desire to keep commoners from seeing her face,” historian Dr. Sarah Baker of Oxford University told the Azzociated Press.
“It was common earlier in the medieval era for upper-class Byzantium women to cover their faces, but for a woman to have been doing so at such a late date is interesting,” she continued.
Some speculate that Kabasilas learned veiling from Muslim women in the area and wasn’t carrying down an ancient Byzantium tradition.
“Byzantium was something akin to the New York City of medieval Europe. There were many different cultures living in the city. We know that there was even a mosque in Constantinople around the time the Crusaders attacked the city in 1203 AD. So there were certainly at least a few Muslims living within the city walls circa 1,000 AD,” Dr. Baker explained.
Kabasilas also wrote a number of prophecies about life 1,000 years in the future, many of them dealing with women.
She predicted women would have fewer and healthier children and women would have a larger role in government.
Her predictions for women in the Christian and Muslim worlds were also very different.
She foresaw modesty remaining and becoming more important among Muslim women.
“Most of their faces cannot be seen long from now, just as is today,” Dr. Baker read to us.
She described that in the Christian world there would be temples where women would be immodestly dressed. In these temples, the women were almost naked, and would walk before a group while scantily clad as though they were captured slave girls at an auction. The girls were not distressed, however, even with their arms, legs and stomachs visible for everyone to see.
“I think a lot of modern beauty pageants would fit her predictions,” Dr. Baker said.
“It’s rare to have the writings of a Byzantium woman. Many people from around that time were both illiterate and unable to write. Combine that with the price of paper and ink and the fact that women rarely had access to the skills or materials and it is quite remarkable to have these accounts and prophecies,” Baker continued.
The documents were discovered inside an old chest in Istanbul in 2011.
Byzantium was the remnant of the eastern half of the Roman Empire. It lasted from Roman times until the city of Constantinople was conquered by Ottoman Turks in 1453 AD.
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