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Heirs of Roman Empire by CaptainVoda Heirs of Roman Empire by CaptainVoda
Charlemagne, the founder of the Holy Roman Empire, was crowned "Emperor of the Romans" in Christmas of 800 AD by Pope Leo III.

So we have two "Emperors of the Romans" coexisting in the Medieval Europe. The Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the Emperor of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.

Summarizing we can see a German and a Greek king calling themselves Romans only to gain the imperial inheritance of the Roman Empire.
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Lepietton Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
The true heirs of the Roman Empire were the First French Empire (1804-1815) and the Third Reich (1933-1945)
They conquered Europe and revived roman symbolisms l
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MarcelMueller Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great!
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saracennegative Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student
and Empire Trebizond to 1461.
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Claudius42 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was inspired by this flag to make my own. The Color scheme is similar but the union is different. I call it the Russo-Roman Empire.

claudius42.deviantart.com/art/…
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K-aybars Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Well actually Byzantium is not inheritor of the Roman Empire, because it is the Roman Empire herself. Also it's name was never Byzantium it was Imperium Romanum or Vasilleia twn Romaiwn.
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CaptainVoda Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. You spoke the truth.
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very right.

Mind you that emperor Constantine made Constantinople the capital of the Roman Empire. Well the Western half grew more and more unimportant and eventually sacked by Germanic tribes the Easter half kept its Roman identity for another millenium.
The Ottomans ended the Roman Empire with the sacking of Constantinople.

The Holy Roman Empire wasn't even believed to be the Roman Empire in Europe. While the German-Roman emperor had a fancy title he wasn't seen anything special by most other European kings.
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K-aybars Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Indeed. :)
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GGY128 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
The world had three Roman heirs:

-the eastern roman empire (first called byzantine by German historian Hieronymus Wolf in 1557)

- the Holy Roman Empire (Imperium Romanum Sacrum Germanicæ, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation), in a certain way it´s a legitime heir because it was a Rome´s leader who crown Charlemagne as emperor of the romans

-The last heir was Russia Ivan III of Russia who had married Sophia Paleologue. Sophia was a niece of Constantine XI, the last Byzantine emperor

In my opinion byzantine empire was the true heir of the eastern half of the empire, but the heir of the other half was HRE

Why HRE, it was Rome choice to crown Charlemagne king of romans so it was not a self claimed title

After that , for a long time, Kaisers were crown king of the Germans, King of Italy and king of the Romans only after that process they were called emperor (Caesar,Kaiser)

Another reason its translatio imperii were a victorious nation took the title of the defeated so if Germans defeated the romans, the Germans by Translatio imperii are the successor of “Caesar” title

In my opinion Russia is not an heir

That is why tzar comes from the word caesar, before Ivan III the title of the Russian imperator was not tzar, Kaiser also comes from the word caesar

Sorry for my lame English
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We also have the Romanovs, (Romanov is russian for 'Son of Roman), making them also a legit heir.
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
If you say it like this it seems like totally madness. :D
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Caturday2 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't find Holy Rome to be a legitimate heir. Sounds to me like a bunch of German Aristocrats jumping onto the Roman bandwagon. Still, a neat history.
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CaptainVoda Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Legitime heir? Of course not. Charlemagne was a genius political figure and he knew very well how useful would be the title of the Roman Emperor.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And even the names come from the Romanes!

Kaiser comes from Caesar and
Tsar also comes from Caesar!
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CaptainVoda Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah you are right
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Artist
Who do you think are the real inheritors of the Roman Empire?
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Definately Byzantium. The "Holy Roman Empire" was an invention by the bishop of Rome (pope) who couldn't deal with the real Roman Empire not being under his religious rule. Charlemagne and his successors liked the idea of being that important in the Western-catholic world so they kept up with it...
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K-aybars Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
True!
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The countries and populations of Europe that speak a latin (romance) language !
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CaptainVoda Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Surely they are more "Romans" than the Franks and the Byzantines.
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Definetly, linguistically and ethnically.
But culturally, i think all of Europe is influenced by the Roman culture.
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CaptainVoda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe you could call me greek maniac but I would say that all of Europe is influenced by the Greco-Roman culture.
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, i think u're right (not about the maniac part :)lol). Europe is definetly influenced by the Greco-Roman culture. And so as any country on other continents that have been influenced by a european power.
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CaptainVoda Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thats a good question. In which I dont know the answer!
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