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The Alexiad by Anna Comnena
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Apr 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: antiquity, non-fiction, byzantium
Read in April, 2012

Fascinating life of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius by his daughter Anna. The Byzantine Greeks get short shrift in western histories, and reading this is a step in the direction of rectifying my own personal cultural deficit. If you can get past sometimes-stiff translationese, and Anna's own long-winded narrative style, you get to lurid and bloody facts, in war, politics and religion alike. Very entertaining, on top of everything else.
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