|Collected||Agent of Byzantium|
|Series||Agent of Byzantium|
|Publication date||March, 1987|
"Images" (also known as "Etos Kosmou 6826") is a short story by Harry Turtledove, first published in Asimov's, March, 1987. It is a story set in the Agent of Byzantium series, and was reprinted in the fix-up novel of the same name in 1987.
It is 1317 and a number of Egyptian monks had begun preaching that icons were blasphemous leading to rioting between their advocates and supporters of icons. Discord was spreading throughout the Empire leading to the Emperor to convene an ecumenical council.
In OTL, Byzantine Iconoclasism was the dominant religious doctrine and the prohibition on images was strictly enforced for more than a century. Turtledove's own "Farmers' Law" is set against this backdrop.
Traditional historical theory has argued that Byzantine Iconoclasm was partly due to the influence of Islam's strict prohibitions against graven images. In a timeline where Islam never existed, Byzantine Iconoclasm would have been weaker than in OTL.