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Author Herrin, Judith.

Title Byzantium : the surprising life of a medieval empire / Judith Herrin
Published London : Penguin, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 391 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents List of illustrations -- List of maps -- Introduction : a different history of Byzantium -- I. FOUNDATIONS OF BYZANTIUM -- 1. The city of Constantine -- 2. Constantinople, the largest city in Christendom -- 3. The East Roman Empire -- 4. Greek Orthodoxy -- 5. The church of Hagia Sophia -- 6. The Ravenna Mosaics -- 7. Roman law -- II. THE TRANSITION FROM ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL -- 8. The bulwark against Islam -- 9. Icons, a new Christian art form -- 10. Iconoclasm and icon veneration -- 11. A literate and articulate society -- 12. Saints Cyril and Methodios, 'apostles to the Slavs' -- III. BYZANTIUM BECOMES A MEDIEVAL STATE -- 13. Greek fire -- 14. The Byzantine economy -- 15. Eunuchs -- 16. The imperial court -- 17. Imperial children, 'born in the purple' -- 18. Mount Athos -- 19. Venice and the fork -- 20. Basil II, 'the bulgar-slayer' -- 21. Eleventh-century crisis -- 22. Anna Komnene -- 23. A cosmopolitan society -- IV. VARIETIES OF BYZANTIUM -- 24. The fulcrum of the crusades -- 25. The towers of Trebizond, Arta, Nicaea and Thessanlonike -- 26. Rebels and patrons -- 27. 'Better the Turkish turban than the Papal tiara' -- 28. The siege of 1453 -- Conclusion : the greatness and legacy of Byzantium -- Further reading -- List of emperors named in the text -- Chronology -- Maps -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Summary Byzantium was one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever seen. Judith Herrin tells its extraordinary story afresh, exploring aspects familiar and unfamiliar, from the glorious church of Hagia Sophia to the secret of Greek Fire, from iconoclasm to eunuchs, from the historian Anna Komnene to the humble fork
Notes Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2007
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Istanbul (Turkey) -- Civilization.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0141911360 (electronic bk.)
140083273X
9780141911366 (electronic bk.)
9781400832736