June 18 860 CE – Rus Vikings invade Constantinople

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June 18 860 CE – Rus Vikings invade ConstantinopleRate this post Just as the sun set behind the coastal capital of the Greek Orthodox Empire on this day in 860, a flotilla of 200 Viking warships began making landfall in the suburbs of Constantinople. Off-guard and unprotected, the city was only spared thanks to a curious decision by the Rus to turn out into the Sea of Marmara. The history of the event is, in large part, a mystery. Records of an invasion are clear: contemporary sermons from Patriarch Photius of the Greek Orthodox Church are filled with pleas to the congregation for prayers to the Theotokos (Mary, mother of […]