By Warren Treadgold
Spanning twelve centuries and 3 continents, the Byzantine Empire associated the traditional and glossy worlds, shaping and transmitting Greek, Roman, and Christian traditions—including the Greek classics, Roman legislation, and Christian theology—that stay full of life at the present time, not just in jap Europe and the center East yet all through Western civilization. although in its politics Byzantium frequently resembled a third-world dictatorship, it hasn't ever but been matched in protecting a unmarried country for thus lengthy, over a large zone inhabited by means of heterogeneous peoples.
Drawing on a wealth of unique resources and sleek works, the writer treats political and social advancements as a unmarried shiny tale, instructed partially in designated narrative and partially in essays that make clear long term adjustments. He avoids stereotypes and rejects such previous and new ancient orthodoxies because the continual weak spot of the Byzantine financial system and the pervasive significance of holy males in overdue Antiquity.
Without neglecting underlying social, cultural, and fiscal tendencies, the writer exhibits the usually the most important impression of approximately 100 Byzantine emperors and empresses. What the emperor or empress did, or didn't do, might swiftly confront usual Byzantines with financial disaster, new spiritual doctrines, or conquest via a overseas strength. a lot awareness is paid to the complicated lifetime of the court docket and paperwork that has given us the adjective "byzantine." the foremost personalities comprise such well-known names as Constantine, Justinian, Theodora, and Heraclius, in addition to lesser-known figures like Constans II, Irene, Basil II the Bulgar-Slayer, and Michael VIII Palaeologus.
Byzantine civilization emerges as sturdy, inventive, and sensible, overcoming repeated setbacks to stay filthy rich nearly to the top. With 221 illustrations and 18 maps that supplement the textual content, A historical past of the Byzantine nation and Society may still lengthy stay the normal heritage of Byzantium not only for college kids and students yet for all readers.
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