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A Concise History of Byzantium

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Between 285 AD, when Byzantium first separated from the Western Roman Empire, and 1461, when the last Byzantine splinter state disappeared, the Byzantine state and society underwent many crises, triumphs, declines, and recoveries. Spanning twelve centuries and three continents, the Byzantine empire linked the ancient and modern worlds, shaping and transmitting Greek, Roman ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published September 6th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 6th 2001)
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Matt
Jun 21, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
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A good (and very readable) brief history of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire, which survived until the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. However, it is also bit uneven. For example, it spends pages and pages talking about individuals fighting, deposing, and/or literally blinding each other in order to become minor emperors yet devotes less than a page to the Fall of Constantinople.

The bulk of each chapter is a narrative of the political history of the empire, its emperors,
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Makomai
Arido

Il libro ambisce ad essere “una concisa storia di Bisanzio” (come nel titolo originale), ma lo stesso Autore riconosce che “questo libro indaga lo stesso campo della mia più vasta History of Byzantine State and Society”. Se vuole essere qualcosa di più di un’analisi delle strutture statuali e societarie di Bisanzio, ho l'impressione che non ci riesca compiutamente.

Condensare 1177 anni di storia in 310 pagine non e’ certo cosa facile. Dovendo sfoltire rispetto alle 1044 pagine della sua oper
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Caesar92
Jan 29, 2014 Caesar92 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte scrisa intr-un mod aerisit. Iti permite sa vezi societatea bizantina dezvoltandu-se treptat si nu esti neaparat obligat sa intri in evenimente care nu reprezinta interesul momentan. Expunerea este exhaustiva descriind in culori vii dezvoltarea politica a imperiului, figurile importante si in ultimele parti viata sociala si culturala a acestei civilizatii fascinante. Pe alocuri se remarca mici accente de umor fin ironic.
Este o carte pe care ar trebui sa o citeasca o persoana care doreste
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