By Warren Treadgold
Spanning twelve centuries and 3 continents, the Byzantine Empire associated the traditional and sleek worlds, shaping and transmitting Greek, Roman, and Christian traditions—including the Greek classics, Roman legislation, and Christian theology—that stay energetic this day, 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 kingdom for therefore lengthy, over a large zone inhabited by way of heterogeneous peoples.
Drawing on a wealth of unique resources and smooth works, the writer treats political and social advancements as a unmarried brilliant tale, informed in part in certain narrative and in part in essays that make clear long term alterations. He avoids stereotypes and rejects such previous and new ancient orthodoxies because the power weak spot of the Byzantine economic system and the pervasive significance of holy males in overdue Antiquity.
Without neglecting underlying social, cultural, and monetary developments, the writer exhibits the usually an important influence of approximately 100 Byzantine emperors and empresses. What the emperor or empress did, or didn't do, may perhaps swiftly confront usual Byzantines with financial ruin, new non secular doctrines, or conquest via a overseas energy. a lot realization is paid to the advanced lifetime of the court docket and paperwork that has given us the adjective "byzantine." the key personalities comprise such well-known names as Constantine, Justinian, Theodora, and Heraclius, besides lesser-known figures like Constans II, Irene, Basil II the Bulgar-Slayer, and Michael VIII Palaeologus.
Byzantine civilization emerges as sturdy, artistic, and life like, overcoming repeated setbacks to stay wealthy nearly to the tip. With 221 illustrations and 18 maps that supplement the textual content, A background 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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A History of the Byzantine State and Society by Warren Treadgold