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Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval EmpireByzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire
Judith Herrin
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"The scope and shape of Herrin's survey of Byzantine history and culture are impressive. She moves from the foundation of Constantinople to its fall before the Turks in a series of 28 short chapters. This allows the curious reader to sample such delectable topics as Greek fire, eunuchs, icons, the Towers of Trebizond,"---New York Review of Books. 390 pages, softcover. Princeton University.
     

 
Byzantium and the CrusadesByzantium and the Crusades
Jonathan Harris
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The first great city to which the Crusaders came in 1089 was not Jerusalem but Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Almost as much as Jerusalem itself, Constantinople was the key to the foundation, survival and ultimate eclipse of the crusading kingdom.

Jonathan Harris is Senior Lecturer in Byzantine Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.
     


 
Oxford Dictionary of ByzantiumOxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Alexander Kazhdan

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This three volume set represents the first English encyclopedia totally devoted to the Byzantine Empire (4th to 15th centuries). It presents signed articles by scholars writing on the notable persons, places, events in the history of Byzantium. Its approximately five thousand entries are a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Byzantine history and civilization, with special depth in subjects such as bureaucratic titles and fiscal terms, urban life, and rural economy. The dictionary defines its subject matter, Byzantium, or the the Byzantine Empire, as follows: Byzantium, or the Byzantine Empire, conventional name of a medieval state that existed for more than one thousand years. It can be viewed as a continuation of the Roman Empire inasmuch as its legal and administrative systems retained numerous Roman features: at the same time, it underwent significant transformations, evolving into a Christian and primarily Greek-speaking state centered on the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean.
     

 
Who in the World Was the Acrobatic Empress? The StoryWho in the World Was the Acrobatic Empress? The Story
Robin Phillips
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Learn about the often-neglected, but uniquely influential, characters that history has forgotten! Learn about the life of Theodora, empress of the Byzantine Empire, who rose from a life as a lowly-actress and tumbler to become one of the most powerful women in the world. 44 pages with index; softcover.
     

 
A Short History of ByzantiumA Short History of Byzantium
John Julius Norwich
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In this magisterial adaptation of his epic three-volumehistory of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich chronicles theworld's longest-lived Christian empire. Beginning withConstantine the Great, who in A.D. 330 made Christianity the religion of his realm and then transferred its capital to the city that would bear his name, Norwich follows the course of eleven centuries of Byzantine statecraft and warfare, politics and theology, manners and art. Stylishly written and overflowing with drama, pathos, and wit, here is a matchless account of a lost civilization and its magnificent cultural legacy.
     

 

 
Oxford Dictionary of ByzantiumOxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Alexander Kazhdan

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This three volume set represents the first English encyclopedia totally devoted to the Byzantine Empire (4th to 15th centuries). It presents signed articles by scholars writing on the notable persons, places, events in the history of Byzantium. Its approximately five thousand entries are a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Byzantine history and civilization, with special depth in subjects such as bureaucratic titles and fiscal terms, urban life, and rural economy. The dictionary defines its subject matter, Byzantium, or the the Byzantine Empire, as follows: Byzantium, or the Byzantine Empire, conventional name of a medieval state that existed for more than one thousand years. It can be viewed as a continuation of the Roman Empire inasmuch as its legal and administrative systems retained numerous Roman features: at the same time, it underwent significant transformations, evolving into a Christian and primarily Greek-speaking state centered on the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean.
     

 
Byzantium II:  The ApogeeByzantium II: The Apogee
John Julius Norwich
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In A.D. 330 Emperor Constantine inaugurated Constantinople as his capital on the site of the Greek city of Byzantium. The town reamined the capital of the East Empire until 1453 when it was captured by the Turks. This book is a history of the Byzantine Empire which was centered upon its capital city, Constantinople. This books concentrates on the tumultuous middle years of the Byzantiun and closes with a still more fateful event: the Empire's catastrophic defeat by the Seljuk Turks at Manzikert in 1071, a defeat that caused it to lose 3/4 of Asia Minor and began the slow but inexorable Turkish advance that eventually ended with the capture of Constantinople in 1453. But, Norwich shows that Byzantium was fighting for its life due to growing external forces from the north and south and internal clashes as well.
     

 
Byzantine & Moslem EmpiresByzantine & Moslem Empires
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Color Overheads Included! The Byzantine & Moslem Empires contains 12 full-color transparencies, 12 reproducible pages, and a richly detailed teacher's guide. Among the topics covered in this volume are Constantinople, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Mohammed, Islamic religion, politics, architecture, and arts, and Islam's contribution to world culture. Grades 7-12. 24 pages, transparency book.
     

 
The Great Epochs of European Art: Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Romanesque Art & Gothic Art DVDThe Great Epochs of European Art: Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Romanesque Art & Gothic Art DVD
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If you think Christians aren't inspired by the visual arts, this video will stagger your imagination. Commentators range through the mosaics of Ravenna, the icons of St. Catherine's Monastery, the architecture of Hagia Sophia, Romanesque cathedrals and Benedictine cloisters, Chartres as the Gothic exemplar par excellence. 2.5 hours.
     

 
Byzantium: From Antiquity to the RenaissanceByzantium: From Antiquity to the Renaissance
Thomas F. Mathews
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Using images from over eleven hundered years worth of history in the Christian East, this comprehensive survey explores the vast range of the artistic splendors within the Byzantine empire that deeply influenced the artistic landscape of modern Europe. Author Thomas Mathews notes that the Byzantines' interest, specifically concerning humanism and the painting of the human figure, became the essential bridge between classical and renaissance Europe. By starting with a brief history of Byzantium as the basis for understanding Byzantine theology and art, this work depicts the empire's artistic development within a broad cultural and historical context. Byzantium includes over one hundred color plates of mosaics, metalwork, architecture, frescoes and religious artifacts, in addition to maps, diagrams, and a timeline. This definitive work provides a complete, yet succinct introduction to a full range of Byzantine art and iconography.
     

 
The ByzantinesThe Byzantines
Averil Cameron
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Byzantium occupies an uncertain place in European history. Though often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world, Byzantium belongs in the mainstream history of Europe and the Mediterranean; its impact is still felt throughout the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The Byzantines introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity and identity of the Byzantine empire.

The Byzantine world was also where early Islam and Christianity met, and the Byzantines engaged with and existed alongside Muslims, from the Arabs in the seventh century to the Ottoman Turks in the fifteenth. During its long history the size and shape of the Byzantine empire underwent many dramatic changes, and the pluralist world of late Byzantium was very different from that of the eastern Roman empire when Constantinople was founded in the fouth century AD. The world around it also changed dramatically during that time, yet Byzantine identity was both tenacious and distinctive. The tension between change and continuity in Byzantine society is one of the main themes explored in this book.


     

 
Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine ArtArchitecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art
Edited by Slobodan Curcic & Evangelia Hadjitryphonos
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Byzantine art abandoned classical ideals in favor of conveying spiritual concepts through stylized physical forms. This exhibition claims that scholars have focused on holy figures in icons but dismissed the architectural context as irrelevant. Contributors suggest a new, more holistic way of viewing. 200 color illustrations. 320 pages, softcover. Yale University.
     

 










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