By Liz James
Utilizing new methodological and theoretical methods, A spouse to Byzantium provides an outline of the Byzantine international from its inception in 330 A.D. to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
- Provides an obtainable evaluation of 11 centuries of Byzantine society
- Introduces the latest scholarship that's reworking the sphere of Byzantine studies
- Emphasizes Byzantium's social and cultural historical past, in addition to its fabric culture
- Explores conventional issues and issues via clean perspectives
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His attention was drawn to the role of Christianity in the demise of Rome by the polemic texts of pagans and Christians which highlighted the inherent conﬂict 12 Fiona Haarer between Christianity and the Roman Empire to the detriment of the latter (Momigliano 1980: 13). Further, he saw that “folly” and “the irrational,” two concepts he disdained, were epitomized in the behaviour of the ascetic monks and ornate court ceremonial which so dominated Byzantium (Brown 1982: 22–48). ). There were a few exceptions: a more sympathetic approach was taken by the English historian and philhellene, George Finlay (1799–1875), for example.
1971–92. Cambridge. Povest’ vremennykh let. Adrianova-Peretts V. P. and Likhachev, D. S. (eds). 2nd ed. 1996. St Petersburg. Revue des Études Byzantins Tabulae Imperii Byzantini. 10 vols. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 1976–2004. Vienna. ” (Lecky 1869: 13–14). Of course, this is untrue. For a start, the intrigues of women, eunuchs, and priests are perpetually interesting, as any reader of historical ﬁction will agree; for another thing, there is a great deal more to Byzantium than political history.
Constantinople remained as capital of the empire until May 29, 1453, when the city fell to the Ottoman Turks and the Byzantine Empire, as a political entity, ceased to exist. “Byzantine” is the term that we have given to this empire, from the original city, Byzantium. Its inhabitants called themselves “Romans,” “Romaioi” in Greek, throughout their history, and they regarded their empire as the seamless continuation of the Roman Empire (Kaldellis 2007). Certainly the structures of administration and government of the Byzantine Empire came from those of the Roman, from the emperor at the top of the bureaucracy, through the different levels of military, judicial, ﬁscal and ecclesiastical administration (Kaegi 1987).
A Companion to Byzantium by Liz James