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The Oxford History of Byzantium, Alexander P. Kazhdan
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Author:    Alexander P. Kazhdan

Title:   The Oxford History of Byzantium

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Oxford University Press, USA October 2002

ISBN Number:    0198140983 / 9780198140986

Seller ID:   20070906121739

Once the glory of Christendom, its capital a near-mythic center of the world, Byzantium has pretty much disappeared from the consciousness of most in the West for five hundred years or so. But there has been a recent resurgence in attention, and this peerless treasure of a resource is evidence thereof. As its publisher reasonably boasts, it is ''the one reference devoted exclusively to the Byzantine Empire and its role in world history from the fourth to the fifteenth century.'' With 5200 entries contributed by over a hundred scholars from seventeen countries, it not only covers what you might expect--great events, saints, patriarchs and emperors--but you'll also find entries on the stuff of everyday life: surgery, musical instruments, diet and games, brick production, money. Over ten years in the making at the renowned Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies in Washington, D.C., the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium is a monument of detailed and interdisciplinary reference. Back to Byzantium! Book and jacket pristine.

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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 - outline the 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, or Romans 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.

Price = 30.00 USD



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