Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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"This book provides an introduction to Byzantium in a nonconventional fashion. It explores, in chronological order, basic questions about Byzantine history and society. I know of no other book that attempts this approach to the millennium-long history of Byzantium. Judith Herrin is a scholar at the top of her form."--Michael Maas, author of "Exegesis and Empire in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean" "A very readable and enjoyable introduction to Byzantium. Judith Herrin is a major scholar of Byzantium with much to teach us."--Robert Ousterhout, author of "Master Builders of Byzantium"

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xii
Introduction: A Different History of Byzantiump. xiii
Foundations of Byzantium
The City of Constantinep. 3
Constantinople, the Largest City in Christendomp. 12
The East Roman Empirep. 22
Greek Orthodoxyp. 33
The Church of Hagia Sophiap. 50
The Ravenna Mosaicsp. 61
Roman Law
The Transition from Ancient to Medieval
The Bulwark Against Islamp. 83
Icons, a New Christian Arc Formp. 98
Iconoclasm and Icon Venerationp. 105
A Literate and Articulate Societyp. 119
Saints Cyril and Methodios, 'Apostles to the Slavs'p. 131
Byzantium Becomes a Medieval State
Greek Firep. 141
The Byzantine Economyp. 148
Eunuchsp. 160
The Imperial Courtp. 170
Imperial Children, 'Born in the Purple'p. 185
Mount Athosp. 192
Venice and the Forkp. 203
Basil II, 'The Bulgar-Slayer'p. 212
Eleventh-Century Crisisp. 220
Anna Komnenep. 232
A Cosmopolitan Societyp. 242
Varieties of Byzantium
The Fulcrum of the Crusadesp. 255
The Towers of Trebizond, Arta, Nicaea and Thessalonikep. 266
Rebels and Patronsp. 281
'Better the Turkish Turban than the Papal Tiara'p. 299
The Siege of 1453p. 310
Conclusion: The Greatness and Legacy of Byzantiump. 321
Further Readingp. 339
List of Emperors Named in the Textp. 354
Chronologyp. 357
Mapsp. 363
Acknowledgementsp. 375
Indexp. 37
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