Definition of byzantine:
snarly, tangled, problematic, elusive, complex, baffling, tough, knotty, tortuous, twisting, involved, daedal, winding, twisty, convoluted, knobbed, voluminous, artful, simple, complicated, convolute, snarled, gnarled, Byzantine architecture, labyrinthine, elaborate, mired, gnarly, involute, Daedalian, problematical, intricate, knotted.
- "Roumania Past and Present", James Samuelson.
While they were painting better than any other people in Europe, they too reproduced the same subjects and the same figures over and over again, only the figures were more graceful than those of the local Italian, English, and French artists, who in varying degrees at different times tried to paint like the Byzantine or Greek artists, but without quite the same success.- "The Book of Art for Young People", Agnes Conway Sir Martin Conway.
So they embarked with their seafaring followers- Vikings, as we still call them- often, indeed, with their wives and families, in great open ships, and sailed away, some to the coast of England, others to France, and others even to the Mediterranean, where they took service under the Byzantine emperors.- "The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada", Stephen Leacock.