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Author: Michaēl Attaleiatēs; Anthony Kaldellis; Dimitris Krallis; Inmaculada Pérez Martín
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Series: Dumbarton Oaks medieval library, 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1039 Byzantium was the most powerful empire in Europe and the Near East, controlling the Balkans south of the Danube and all of Asia Minor into Armenia and Syria. By 1079 it had become a politically unstable state half the size, menaced by powerful enemies on all sides. The History of Michael Attaleiates is our main source for this astonishing reversal, and offers a gripping narrative of the foreign and civil  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bilingual books
Byzantine literature
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michaēl Attaleiatēs; Anthony Kaldellis; Dimitris Krallis; Inmaculada Pérez Martín
ISBN: 9780674057999 0674057996
OCLC Number: 779472235
Language Note: Greek text with English translation on facing pages. Preliminary matter and notes in English. The Greek text is that of Pérez Martin (2002) (see page 591).
Description: xx, 636 pages : illustrations (maps) ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Dumbarton Oaks medieval library, 16.
Responsibility: Michael Attaleiates ; translated by Anthony Kaldellis and Dimitris Krallis.

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