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A new world is struggling to be born and what it'll be like is not clear. In this period, Excvbitor calls time on tone-deaf platitudes, duff teleologies and flatulent rhetoric. 

After all, just because it's not clear what's coming, doesn't mean the Excvbitors don't know what should be protected. Hence the name (which refers to the Byzantine Emperor's household troops) – a title that conjures the immortal beauty of gong-tormented seas, flickering mosaics and moonlit domes – in other words, the apt image of a citadel once thought impregnable and now almost completely lost.

It's an attitude best summarised by Kenneth Clark, who admitted that though he could not define 'civilisation' in abstract terms: "I think I can recognise when I see it."