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History of the Byzantine State

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  16 reviews
With clarity and logic, George Ostrogorsky succinctly traces the intricate thousand-year course of the Byzantine Empire. While his emphasis is on political development, he gives extensive consideration to social, esthetic, economic, and ecclesiastical factors as well. He also illuminates the Empire’s links with classical antiquity, as well as its effect on contemporaneous ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Rutgers University Press (first published 1940)
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Edward Gibbon, undisputed world heavyweight champion of the lofty put-down, wasn't a fan of the Byzantine Empire.

The division of the Roman world between the sons of Theodosius marks the final establishment of the Empire of the east, which, from the reign of Arcadius to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks subsisted 1058 years in a state of premature and permanent decay.

The subjects of the Byzantine empire, who assume and dishonour the names both of Greeks and Romans, present a dead uniformi
Anni '80. A scuola si studiava l'Impero Bizantino in relazione alla storia romana. Dopo la caduta dell'Impero di Occidente, giusto una spruzzata di Giustiniano, i domini bizantini in Italia fino al X sec. e poi nulla piú. Dopodiché ti trovavi di colpo un Oriente completamente musulmano in mano agli ottomani. Insomma poche informazioni e piuttosto nebulose che creavano un enorme buco nero riguardo alla storia dei territori in questione.
2013. Mi viene la sagace idea di visitare, come viaggio estiv
I bought this book a few years ago when I was documenting for a roleplay game set in the years before the First Crusade.
I am only an amateur enthusiast of history, so my initial knowledge about the intricacies of the Byzantine Empire were very superficial. This book has served as an introduction to this period of history, and as a source of organized and moderately deep information. As well as a guide for further study.
Even to this day is my reference book on the Eastern Empire. Its comprehensiv
Lawrence Gottlieb
The standard against which all histories of Byzantium are measured.
Scott Parker
Three stars is just an average - if you're interested at all in the history of this part of the world, this is a five-star book. If not, well, you should read something else.

Byzantium was an empire carved out of a rock and a hard place. Constantly bordered by rival states that basically wanted it gone, its history is tumultuous. Yet its impact on the region was huge and can be seen throughout the Mediterranean. Viewed as an Eastern state by Europe and as a European state by its Middle-Eastern ne
Amazingly engrossing book that covers the entire history of the Eastern Roman/Byzantine Empire, from its founding to its fall to the Turks roughly a thousand years later.

After finishing this book, I know infinitely more than I used to before, and it definitely made me want to read up more on specific eras and emperors. It's a downer knowing what would eventually happen in the end. After reading so much about its struggles for survival, and some times the years of splendor and might it succeeded
Andra Mirri
I wanted to know more about Bysantium
I bought it and I read it
I was more than satisfied
Glenn Robinson
Fascinating book about an important empire that the West does not know much about. For over 1000 years, this State ruled the Eastern Mediterranean. This starts from before the division of the Roman Empire to soon after the fall to the Ottomans. Rulers came and went, invaders came, won and lost. Religious leaders squabbled. Tax systems were effective and not. The military was effective and then not. A fascinating empire to learn on how not to maintain a strong state. Those that do not know histor ...more
un classico. Sara' pure datato, ma resta uno dei migliori studi su Bisanzio. Peccato per la leggibilita'...
Very metal. Comprehensive, sober scholarship. Includes survey of documentary evidence underlying each section. Paperback is missing all of the maps in the hardback. Perfect otherwise.

Runs from Constantine the Great through the conquest of the City of Men's Desires.

Title is accurate, as it is primarily a political history in the standard manner, with attention to major personalities, institutions, and processes.
Howard White
What Edward Gibbon is to ancient Rome, Ostrogorsky is to Rome's successor state, the Greek, Christian eastern portion of the Roman Empire that scholars titled the Byzantine Empire.
A bit dry, but it's pretty comprehensive. I feel that some of the gaps in my knowledge (chasms, really) have been filled.
once again I have an older edition (684 pp!) and have only read two-thirds of it. Undisplaced!
A must for anyone serious about Byzantium, but good grief, the driest book ever written.
A heavy tome, well worth having in your library.
Paula Mott
Informative but dry...
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Ostrogorsky was born at Saint Petersburg, Russia, the son of a secondary school principal and a writer on pedagogical subjects.

He completed his secondary education in a St. Petersburg classical gymnasium and thus acquired knowledge of Greek early in life. He began his university studies in Heidelberg, Germany (1921), where he devoted himself initially to philosophy, economics, and sociology, thoug
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