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Byzantium : the surprising life of a medieval empire

Author: Judith Herrin
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Byzantium. the name evokes grandeur and exoticism - gold, cunning, and complexity. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire's millennium-long history, she identifies the fundamental questions about Byzantium- what it was, and what special significance it holds for us today.-inside jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Herrin, Judith.
Byzantium.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608583697
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Herrin
ISBN: 9780691131511 0691131511 9780691143699 0691143692
OCLC Number: 154694576
Description: xxiii, 391 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: A different history of Byzantium --
The city of Constantine --
Constantinople, the largest city in Christendom --
The East Roman Empire --
Greek orthodoxy --
The church of Hagia Sophia --
The Ravenna Mosaics --
Roman law --
The bulwark against Islam --
Icons, a new Christian art form --
Iconoclasm and icon veneration --
A literate and articulate society --
Saints Cyril and methodios, 'apostles to the slavs' --
Greek fire --
The Byzantine economy --
Eunuchs --
The imperial court --
Imperial children, 'born in the purple' --
Mount Athos --
Venice and the fork --
Basil II, 'the bulgar-slayer' --
Eleventh-century crisis --
Anna Komnene --
A cosmopolitan society --
The fulcrum of the crusades --
The towers of Trebizond, Arta, Nicaea and Thessanlonike --
Rebels and patrons --
'Better the Turkish turban than the Papal tiara' --
The siege of 1453 --
Conclusion: The greatness and legacy of Byzantium.
Responsibility: Judith Herrin.
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Byzantium. the name evokes grandeur and exoticism - gold, cunning, and complexity. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire's millennium-long history, she identifies the fundamental questions about Byzantium- what it was, and what special significance it holds for us today.-inside jacket.

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