A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) Paperback – 18 Dec 2009
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“I welcome this expanded second edition of Timothy Gregory′s useful introduction to the growing field for Byzantine studies. It will be a great help to students and teachers, especially for its greater coverage of archaeology and its guides to web resources and primary sources in translation.”
Averil Cameron, University of Oxford
“Professor Gregory’s deep knowledge of archaeology, historical geography, and the original Greek sources infuses his lucid history of Byzantium with insights into the unexpected connections between the medieval and modern world.”
Linda Jones Hall, St. Mary′s College of Maryland
"Gregory’s book is the only proper textbook for Byzantine history. It is also an admirable scholarly survey which brings to bear Gregory’s substantial experience as an archaeologist and historian on the rich history of the Byzantine East."
William Caraher, University of North Dakota
“Gregory’s work presents in a concrete and original way the political history, the institutions, the art, the architecture and the socioeconomic factors that shaped the often misunderstood Byzantine Empire. The book appeals to the academic as well as to the general public.”
Taxiarchis Kolias, University of Athens , and The National Hellenic Research Foundation
From the Back Cover
This is a new edition of Gregory′s widely praised narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (AD 306–337) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Gregory uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame, but balances politics with a consideration of social and economic life and the rich culture of Byzantium. Visual documents, such as photographs of art and architecture, are used alongside the text to illustrate discussions about life in the Byzantine Empire.
This second edition provides a deeper insight into social and economic conditions of the time, with more emphasis on how ordinary people lived during the history of the Empire. New research has been incorporated – much from archaeological sources – and there is fuller coverage of the middle and later Byzantine periods. A wider discussion of the relationship between Byzantium and the broader world has been added, as well as an annotated, extended bibliography, new photographs and maps, and a guide to Byzantine web resources.
Based on the very latest scholarship, and written in a clear, narrative prose, this fascinating volume is an ideal introduction to Byzantine History.See all Product Description
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As a conclusive summary, I'll say that it is a well informative book in presenting you with Byzantium through out its +1000 year history, yet as I said the presented information is not referenced.
I bought this book after having read Paul Stephenson's "Byzantium's Balkan Frontier", John F. Haldon's "Byzantium in the 7th century: the transformation of a culture", Averil Cameron's "The Byzantines", Florin Curta's "Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages 500-1250", Anthony Kaldellis "Hellenism in Byzantium" and Stephen Mitchell's "A History of the Later Roman Empire: AD 284-641".
I immediatelly underline Paul Stephenson's "Frontier" and Mitchell's "Late Roman Empire" as exemplary and gold standards.Read more ›
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The book by itself is fantastic - the author covers almost all important aspects and provides sufficient emphasis where necessary without yielding to too many dry details so that the book reads more like a novel and less like an academic tome. I'm deducting one star because I felt at times there was too little detail about some of the changes happening around the Byzantine empire and a straightforward section on the same would have been useful (for example, where did the Bulgars come from and how did they establish a kingdom to the North of Byzantium? What about the Slavs? How did the Magyars suddenly setup the kingdom of Hungary)
I still had to look elsewhere to find out where Palmyra was and also the Orontes river. Also, the Tayetos and Pindos mountain ranges were not shown on any map I could easily find in the book.
But considering the number of look ups I had to do reading other books of this kind, this was only a small problem!
I have not yet read much of the book, but I am impressed with the quality of thought which has gone into the text so far, and I give it a first rate recommendation; --- especially when told as an interesting story like this!
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