Oxford History of Byzantium

ISBN-10: 0198140983
ISBN-13: 9780198140986
Edition: 2002
Authors: Cyril Mango
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Description: The Oxford History of Byzantium is the only history to provide in concise form detailed coverage of Byzantium from its Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople and assimilation into the Turkish Empire. Lively essays and beautiful illustrations  More...

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List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/5/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

The Oxford History of Byzantium is the only history to provide in concise form detailed coverage of Byzantium from its Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople and assimilation into the Turkish Empire. Lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of a distinctive civilization, covering the period from the fourth century to the mid-fifteenth century. The authors - all working at the cutting edge of their particular fields - outlinethe political history of the Byzantine state and bring to life the evolution of a colourful culture.In AD 324, the Emperor Constantine the Great chose Byzantion, an ancient Greek colony at the mouth of the Thracian Bosphorous, as his imperial residence. He renamed the place 'Constaninopolis nova Roma', 'Constantinople, the new Rome' and the city (modern Istanbul) became the Eastern capital of the later Roman empire. The new Rome outlived the old and Constantine's successors continued to regard themselves as the legitimate emperors of Rome, just as their subjects called themselves Romaioi, orRomans long after they had forgotten the Latin language. In the sixteenth century, Western humanists gave this eastern Roman empire ruled from Constantinople the epithet 'Byzantine'.Against a backdrop of stories of emperors, intrigues, battles, and bishops, this Oxford History uncovers the hidden mechanisms - economic, social, and demographic - that underlay the history of events. The authors explore everyday life in cities and villages, manufacture and trade, machinery of government, the church as an instrument of state, minorities, education, literary activity, beliefs and superstitions, monasticism, iconoclasm, the rise of Islam, and the fusion with Western, or Latin,culture. Byzantium linked the ancient and modern worlds, shaping traditions and handing down to both Eastern and Western civilization a vibrant legacy.

Cyril Mango
Introduction
Peter Sarris: The Eastern Empire from Constantine to Heraclius (306 - 641)
Clive Foss: Life in City and Country
Cyril Mango: New Religion, Old Culture
Robert Hoyland: The Rise of Islam
Warren Treadgold: The Struggle for Survival
Patricia Karlin-Hayter: Iconoclasm
Paul Magdalino: The Medieval Empire (780-1204)
Cyril Mango: The Revival of Learning
Jonathan Shepard: Spreading the Word: Byzantine Missions
Stephen Reinert: Fragmentation (1204-1453)
Ihor Sevcenko: Palaiologan Learning
Elizabeth Jeffreys and Cyril Mango: Towards a Franco-Greek Culture
Chronology Marlia Mundell Mango Special features on hierarchies, pilgrimage, commerce, and monasticism

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