The Alexiad of Anna Comnena (Classics) Paperback – 1 Oct 1969
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The Alexiad of Anna Comnena
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When this is taken into consideration and the source is looked at in a objective point of view, it becomes clear that the Alexiad gives us an invaluable insight into the reign of Alexius I Comnenus and the First Crusade from a Byzantine perspective. The Alexiad is also fairly readable in comparison to many other sources of the time and it definately benefits from an accurate and fairly modern translation.
This isn't really the kind of book i'd choose to read for leisure purposes. But as a contemporary account for the life of Alexius I Comnenus and Byzantine perspectives of the Latins in the years surrounding the First Crusade, this is possibly the most complete and important account in existence.
Although what Confucius Analects are doing on this Review page I don't know
But Anna is a biased source. Her scorn of the enemies of Byzantium should be considered. Here are a couple examples of her selective testimony. The introduction of Robert Guiscard and Pope Gregory VII is a little too concise and filled with much prejudice. The story that she gives of Robert Guiscard's rise to power may or may not be true, but she certainly left out the more important acts of Robert. She also neglects to mention that Robert Guiscard had driven Byzantium out of Italy only 7 years earlier. This is what lead to Emperor Michael VII Ducas suing for peace with Robert with the marriage proposal. Late in the book, she professes the greatness of her mother Irene, saying that Alexius never let her leave his side.Read more ›
There seemed to be a particular resonance in the chapters dealing with the First Crusade and peoples crusade. Maybe because this links in with Western history. I found the translation very readable although was tantalised by some of the literal translations for the descriptions of people in the foreword that had been toned down in the main text.
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My son needed it for his university course and he seems happy with the delivery time and the book itself. All I do is to pay for it!!Published 9 months ago by a person of good taste
Both interesting and educating, definitely recommend reading this classi.
Well worth the time, not something I would take on holiday though, more a train journey type of... Read more
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