Why Does Byzantine Mean Complicated?


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The use of word byzantine is taken from the Byzantine Empire. Byzantine refers to the Roman Empire during the middle Ages. It was built around Constantinople. Constantinople was the capital of this Empire. The meaning was taken from the way the Byzantine Generals used to solve their problems.

The problems in general were not complicated but the procedure to simplify them was labyrinthine. Any kind of problem was to be unanimously decided upon by the whole Byzantine army. They could not agree on a single solution because the general were separated by land distances and communicated by sending messages with messengers. Traitors also existed in the Empire. Thus, the victory of traitors in their efforts would result in the failure of the Byzantine Army. Today, byzantine is used to refer to such complicated, convoluted, intricate or knotty procedures.

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