American multinational companies may be best known today for their Byzantine strategies to minimize their U.S. taxes.
The Daily Pic: In Milan, circa 1490, a Byzantine ruler puts on Ottoman robes.
Rather, it precipitated a month-long diplomatic crisis of Byzantine complexity that exposed deeper, long-term sources of conflict.
Now they've responded to our criticisms—with typical Byzantine bureaucracy and towering ineptitude.
Yalta was great for strolls along the sea during the Byzantine, Ottoman and Russian empires.
The Byzantine code, based on the Roman, as embodied in the Ἑξάβιβλος Justice.
The chapter on Byzantine Architecture is entirely from his pen.
The third day it is a Madonna and Child in the Byzantine style, of incomparable beauty of outline.
It is to be found in this sense, I think, in almost all the Byzantine historians.
The papyri of this period are full of the high-flown titles and affected phraseology which was so beloved of Byzantine scribes.
1770, from Latin Byzantinus (see Byzantium); originally used of art style; later in reference to the complex, devious, and intriguing character of the royal court of Constantinople (1937). As a noun from 1770.
A term describing any system that has so many labyrinthine internal interconnections that it would be impossible to simplify by separation into loosely coupled or linked components.
The city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople and then Istanbul, and the Byzantine Empire were vitiated by a bureaucratic overelaboration bordering on lunacy: quadruple banked agencies, dozens or even scores of superfluous levels and officials with high flown titles unrelated to their actual function, if any.
Access to the Emperor and his council was controlled by powerful and inscrutable eunuchs and by rival sports factions.
[Edward Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"].