By Timothy E. Gregory
This revised and elevated variation of the widely-praised A historical past of Byzantium covers the time of Constantine the good in advert 306 to the autumn of Constantinople in 1453. * Expands therapy of the center and later Byzantine sessions, incorporating new archaeological proof* contains extra maps and pictures, and a newly annotated, up to date bibliography* features a new part on internet assets for Byzantium stories* Demonstrates that Byzantium was once vital in its personal correct but additionally served as a bridge among East and West and historical and smooth society* Situates Byzantium in its broader old context with a brand new comparative timeline and textboxes
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Additional info for A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)
There is no proper handbook in English for Byzantine history or literature and no guide to the historical sources. Although the situation is better for Byzantine art and architecture, where several solid introductions exist, the material is still diverse and not published in any single series to which a student can go for a broad overview. -G. Beck, Kirche und theologische Literatur im byzantinischen Reich. Munich, 1959. -G. Beck, Geschichte der byzantinischen Volksliteratur. Munich, 1971. F. W.
Venetian, Genoese, and other Italian sources (including many documentary records) provide invaluable information, not only about Italians and other westerners in the East, but also concerning economic history and the various attempts by a succession of Byzantine rulers to secure help from the Italian republics. Also of special importance are the Slavic sources, from the Russian Primary Chronicle to the Slavonic translations of various Byzantine works, and chronicles and other works from Serbia, Bulgaria, and elsewhere in the Slavic world.
Gallienus developed new cavalry troops, designed essentially to counter the heavily armored cavalry of the Persians, and for the first time the Roman army began to turn away from the system based on the legionary foot soldier. Unlike most of the soldier-emperors of the third century, Gallienus was an educated man, and a “Gallienic Renaissance” has been identified under his reign. Gallienus found a brief respite from usurpations and invasions (even though the Gallic Empire still remained unreduced), and he gathered around his court the Neoplatonic followers of Plotinus.
A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Timothy E. Gregory