Mustafa wrote:What do you mean by this? Of course we are byzantium. One of my great grandmothers was christian from Izmir. So she most likely was greek. But she converted to islam when she married. One of my great grandfathers came from cyprus. Why do you pull it on the genetic rail? Of course your and our people are basicly the same. We were one empire before the ottoman empire and we are only divided by religion.
You know what? I love to visit Ephesos when i visit my grandparents who live there. I see those ruins as part of our history. I´m proud for them. Byzantium didn´t die off. It was added to a new culture and formed our empire.
You can like it or not, but 150 years ago we would propably best friends and act like brothers. You know...at the end of the empire chaos broke out and many bad things happened to all sides. Those mass deportations were idiotic and cruel. It created hate that lives on today. On our side and on yours.
The religion difference is what brought the division
I didn't say that it was negative for modern Turkey to be Byzantium's replacement in Asian side (us, Serbia, Bulgaria and so on kept the Euro side). But Byzantium was an Orthodox Christian Empire of 1,000 years, which gave the keys to Russia when we lost our capital of Constantinople. Many princes, painters, clerics went to either Rome or Moscow.
I have no bad feelings about being a nation and people behind an Empire (many actually), but now it's on to Russia to continue these games. We are taking this millennium off.