Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

By Judith Herrin

Byzantium. The identify conjures up grandeur and exoticism--gold, crafty, and complexity. during this particular publication, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a rather varied civilization. keeping off a customary chronological account of the Byzantine Empire's millennium--long heritage, she identifies the basic questions on Byzantium--what it used to be, and what particular value it holds for us today.

Bringing the newest scholarship to a normal viewers in available prose, Herrin focuses each one brief bankruptcy round a consultant topic, occasion, monument, or historic determine, and examines it in the complete sweep of Byzantine history--from the root of Constantinople, the amazing capital urban outfitted by way of Constantine the nice, to its catch via the Ottoman Turks.

She argues that Byzantium's an important position because the jap defender of Christendom opposed to Muslim enlargement throughout the early center a long time made Europe--and the trendy Western world--possible. Herrin captivates us along with her discussions of all aspects of Byzantine tradition and society. She walks us in the course of the advanced ceremonies of the imperial court docket. She describes the transcendent attractiveness and gear of the church of Hagia Sophia, in addition to chariot races, monastic spirituality, international relations, and literature. She finds the attention-grabbing worlds of army usurpers and ascetics, eunuchs and courtesans, and artisans who shaped the silks, icons, ivories, and mosaics so with ease linked to Byzantine art.

An leading edge background written through one among our most well known students, Byzantium finds this nice civilization's upward thrust to army and cultural supremacy, its surprising destruction by means of the Fourth campaign, and its revival and ultimate conquest in 1453.

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